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PFT’s Week Two picks

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Last week, Rosenthal reveled in his victory (victories) in the 2010 picks contest.  This week, I can rub his face in the first week of 2011.

I accurately picked 10 of 16 outcomes.  Rosenthal got only seven right.

And so I’ve got a three-game lead . . . with only 240 to play.

This week, we disagree on several games — including the much-expected return of Mike Vick to Atlanta as a starting quarterback.

Raiders at Bills

Florio’s take:  Once upon a time, these teams got together for a conference championship game, which the Bills won big, 51-3.  With the Bills going into Kansas City and beating the Chiefs 41-7, could a similar outcome be coming?  Probably not.  But the Bills have a new attitude — and the talent to match it.  Oakland’s chasing a Monday night road trip with a cross-country visit to Western New York, and that’s even better news for Buffalo.

Florio’s pick:  Bills 31, Raiders 20.

Rosenthal’s take: These two perennial doormats opened the season with convincing victories.  Oakland only won by three, but they manhandled Denver on both lines of scrimmage.  Buffalo dominated Kansas City through the air.  This is a great test to see if the Bills are truly tougher than their usual lightweight groups, especially the rebuilt run defense.  Here’s one vote they’ll pass the test.

Rosenthal’s pick: Bills 26, Raiders 21.

Packers at Panthers

Florio’s take:  Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis thinks the Panthers can win the game.  I think that’s a great attitude.  But I also think that the Panthers don’t have the horses on defense to keep the score within range.  That Thursday night opener gave the Packers a few extra days to get ready to face Cam Newton and company.  Though it won’t be a blowout, the Panthers aren’t ready to defeat a team that seems to be ready to have a huge season.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 35, Panthers 24.

Rosenthal’s take: Cam Newton’s first start was almost too easy.  Look for Dom Capers, Clay Matthews, and Charles Woodson to make life considerably tougher on the No. 1 pick.  The only way to beat Green Bay right now may be in shootout.  The way the Panthers defense looks, Newton may need to score 40 points.

Rosenthal’s pick: Packers 38, Panthers 20.

Chiefs at Lions

Florio’s take:  As Mike O’Hara of the Detroit News recently put it, the Lions haven’t been this heavily favored to win since the days of the Roman Coliseum.  The Chiefs are reeling after getting trampled by an up-and-coming Bills team.  The Lions are even more up — and they’ll be coming hard every Sunday.

Florio’s pick:  Lions 42, Chiefs 20.

Rosenthal’s take: The Lions won in Tampa without a great performance by Detroit’s vaunted defensive line. Matthew Stafford threw a pick six, and it didn’t matter. Suddenly the Lions can beat inferior teams without their “A” game. The Chiefs, meanwhile, look inferior to just about every team.

Rosenthal’s pick: Lions 31, Chiefs 20.

Browns at Colts

Florio’s take:  If the Colts can’t beat the Browns at home, the Colts may not win a single game all year.  That should be enough incentive for pride to take over in the Indy locker room.

Florio’s pick:  Colts 20, Browns 14.

Rosenthal’s take: This is the game to truly learn about the post-Manning Colts. It’s no surprise they couldn’t win a tough road game yet with Kerry Collins, but how one in the dome against a sub-par opponent? Expect Cleveland’s big offensive line to push the Colts defense around.

Rosenthal’s pick: Browns 22, Colts 17.

Buccaneers at Vikings

Florio’s take:  The Bucs were held to 56 yards rushing last week, and the Vikings were held to 39 yards passing.  This one-time NFC Central rivalry could get ugly, but the Metrodome crowd should carry Adrian Peterson and company, if Donovan McNabb can get the passing yardage on the right side of 50.

Florio’s pick:  Vikings 22, Buccaeers 21.

Rosenthal’s take: The Bucs defense needs to get “youngrier.” Detroit’s offensive line absolutely stoned Tampa in pass protection last week. Adrian Clayborn, Gerald McCoy, and company should have an easier time getting to Donovan McNabb. That’s especially true if Minnesota continues their revolutionary run-run-pass offense.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Bucs 21, Vikings 17.

Bears at Saints

Florio’s take:  On Wednesday morning, I assumed that the Saints would return home to the Superdome and take care of business against an overachieving Bears team.  On Wednesday afternoon, I watched every play of the Bears’ Week One win over the Falcons.  The Saints will have their hands full, regardless of whether linebacker Brian Urlacher will be able to play only days after the sudden passing of his mother.  The folks who vote for the Associated Press awards should ignore stats and study the performances from Bears defensive end Julius Peppers.  If he plays every week like he played against the Falcons, he should be the defensive player of the year, unanimously.

Florio’s pick:  Bears 27, Saints 24.

Rosenthal’s take: Perhaps the Bears offense is a little better than expected in year two under Mike Martz. The Saints defense may be a little worse than expected because it has no pass rush. I’ll still take New Orleans because the game is in a dome and the Saints need the win more. Even this early in the season.

Rosenthal’s pick: Saints 27, Bears 21.

Jaguars at Jets

Florio’s take:  This one has “trap” written all over it for the Jets, given the emotional Week One win over the Cowboys.  But even with the Jags surely primed to give the Jets their best shot and with the Jets sliding into a soft spot on the schedule before consecutive trips to Oakland and Baltimore, Rex Ryan and company will do everything they can to push their record to 2-0.

Florio’s pick:  Jets 28, Jaguars 19.

Rosenthal’s take: This is the game of the week if you like smashmouth football. The Jaguars bludgeoned Tennessee, but couldn’t pull away on the scoreboard. The Jets seemingly only play close games with ridiculous endings. Gang Green used to find creative new ways to lose every week. Under Rex Ryan, the opposite is true.

Rosenthal’s pick: Jets 17, Jaguars 16.

Seahawks at Steelers

Florio’s take:  A rematch of Super Bowl XL comes at a time when when the Seahawks have taken a big step backward, and the Steelers have uncharacteristically fallen down.  They’ll likely find a way to get up against Tarvaris Jackson and company — especially with referee Bill Leavy breaking out his black-and-yellow striped shirt.  (Again.)  The Steelers shouldn’t need any extra help from the officials this time.

Florio’s pick:  Steelers 34, Seahawks 17.

Rosenthal’s take: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll hinted this week the young Seahawks may take a step back before taking two steps forward.  Tarvaris Jackson will take roughly three steps backward this week before he gets hammered by Pittsburgh’s ornery defenders.

Rosenthal’s pick: Steelers 41, Seahawks 17.

Ravens at Titans

Florio’s take:  Tennessee tailback Chris Johnson believes the Ravens tried to hurt him in the 2008 playoffs.  If nothing else, it will prepare him for Sunday, when a team with an offense that nearly matches its defense comes to town with good prospects — and bad intentions.

Florio’s pick:  Ravens 28, Titans 13.

Rosenthal’s take: The Titans had five first downs in he first 50 minutes against the Jaguars. What is going to happen against the Ravens?  Even if Tennessee can move the ball, Baltimore’s offense is ahead of schedule. Bryant McKinnie completes the offensive line and the young tight ends grew up fast. Tennessee is still playing post-lockout catchup.

Rosenthal’s pick: Ravens 28, Titans 14.

Cardinals at Redskins

Florio’s take:  The up-and-down Redskins were supposed to lose the Giants.  The up-and-down Redskins are now supposed to beat the Cardinals.  But the Cardinals often struggle in East Coast games, even when they had a future Hall of Famer at quarterback.  Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman eventually will have a bad day (or more), but not yet.

Florio’s pick:  Redskins 30, Cardinals 24.

Rosenthal’s take: It is getting more difficult to resist Redskins fever. The good vibes built throughout the preseason, exploding in a Sexy Rexy Grossman crescendo in the opener. My heart thinks it will come crashing down this week in typical Redskins fashion. But my head thinks Washington is further along than Arizona on both sides of the ball.

Rosenthal’s pick: Redskins 24, Cardinals 23.

Cowboys at 49ers

Florio’s take:  In the early 1990s, the Cowboys and 49ers ruled the NFC.  Neither has had much success since.  Though the Niners have plenty of potential in a watered-down NFC West, they’re not quite ready to knock off a Cowboys team that is determined to play strong for four quarters.

Florio’s pick:  Cowboys 26, 49ers 17.

Rosenthal’s take: I know what Jerry Jones was trying to say. Tony Romo did play three outstanding quarters against the Jets. He made good decisions, beat the Jets’ tight coverage often, and the new line mostly held up. Playing three great quarters against the 49ers should be enough, no matter what happens in the final 15 minutes.

Rosenthal’s pick: Cowboys 27, 49ers 20.

Bengals at Broncos

Florio’s take:  Two years ago, these two teams gave us a finish to remember in Week One.  There’s a good chance that they’ll give us four quarters to forget on Sunday.  Look for the Tebow chants to continue.  And to intensify.  Even in victory.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 24, Bengals 21.

Rosenthal’s take: The Tebow chants were loud last week. What will happen if Brandy Daltonkowski puts the Bengals ahead in the second half Sunday?  The Bengals have a shot here if they follow Oakland’s pass rush and ground game model. As the official PFT Kyle Orton beat writer, however, I can’t give up on the former neckbearded one yet.

Rosenthal’s pick: Broncos 23, Bengals 21.

Texans at Dolphins

Florio’s take:  After beating the Colts in Week One of the 2010 season, the Texans lost 10 of their next 15.  Though they likely won’t suffer a similar fate in 2011 after again taking down the Colts, winning at Miami against an improving offense won’t be an easy feat.  The Dolphins played the Pats tough on Monday night, and it wasn’t until that 14-point swing fueled by a failed fourth-and-goal and a 99-yard touchdown pass that the game was decided.

Florio’s pick:  Dolphins 24, Texans 21.

Rosenthal’s take: Cutting Benny Sapp was an odd solution to Miami’s problems. Perhaps drinking more water during the week to avoid cramps would be a better approach. Miami’s defensive line is very deep and can slow down Houston’s rushing attack.  I still like the Dolphins corners. The Dolphins didn’t get their first home win until mid-November last year, but they’ll get it out of the way early this time.

Rosenthal’s pick: Dolphins 27, Texans 24.

Chargers at Patriots

Florio’s take:  In what could be an AFC championship preview, the winner gets the inside track toward hosting the rematch.  The Pats look every bit as unstoppable as they were in the 2010 regular season.  Even though the Chargers should run away with the AFC West, the home team could run away with this one — no matter how “lubed up” the fans are, or aren’t.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 38, Chargers 27.

Rosenthal’s take: The Chargers possess the rare defense that can slow Tom Brady down. (San Diego did it last year, but still lost.) Philip Rivers is the rare quarterback that can match Brady throw for throw. Yet I still can’t pick against Brady at home coming off his 500-yard bonanza. This mid-September game could loom large during December playoff positioning.

Rosenthal’s pick: Patriots 33, Chargers 28.

Eagles at Falcons

Florio’s take:  Mike Vick returns to the Georgia Dome for the first time as a starter.  The Falcons return to the Georgia Dome after looking lethargic and predictable against the Bears.  Expect a virtuoso performance from Vick, who surely believes that his personal journey of redemption includes going back to Atlanta and playing like he never played there before.  If/when the Falcons lose, it won’t be time to press the panic button — it’ll be time to stomp on it.

Florio’s pick:  Eagles 28, Falcons 23.

Rosenthal’s take: The Mike Smith Falcons usually win by doing the little things: Tackling well, playing situational football, and avoiding big mistakes. Atlanta did none of this last week against Chicago. Now the Falcons get a chance to do a very big thing: Beat Michael Vick in Atlanta. I’m not ready to believe the fundamental Falcons are gone just yet.

Rosenthal’s pick: Falcons 28, Eagles 24.

Rams at Giants

Florio’s take:  These teams can compare injury lists like a couple of stuntmen comparing scars.  With Steven Jackson out and Sam Bradford banged up, the home team with the healthy quarterback is the safe choice.

Florio’s pick:  Giants 20, Rams 13.

Rosenthal’s take: Bad vibes and big injuries make this game feel more desperate for the Giants and Rams. New York looks better equipped to bounce back. Justin Tuck’s return should help the Giants pass rush, while Sam Bradford and Josh McDaniels don’t look ready to take advantage of a shaky Giants secondary.

Rosenthal’s pick: Giants 21, Rams 14.

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65 Responses to “PFT’s Week Two picks”
  1. mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:05 AM

    Six Ring Nation stand up! Let’s show everyone exactly why they’re jealous!

  2. souldogdave says: Sep 15, 2011 10:08 AM

    Don’t write off the Raiders yet…Bills will be overconfident, they can’t handle Raider Defense.

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2011 10:09 AM

    While I agree that it’s gonna be really tough for the Raiders to have to travel across the country, on a short week, I think they’ll find a way to pull it out.

    We can’t have the Bills go 2-0, they’ll all be singing that stupid Shout song.

  4. Mike Tomlin says: Sep 15, 2011 10:09 AM

    At least you guys were consistant this time!

    And if anyone believes these “mustbejealous6″ “7ringsblahblahblah” and any other stupid usernames this guy can come up with is actually a Steelers fan and not a Steelers hater trying to give Steelers fans a bad name, you’re more ignorant than he is. Give it up dude…

  5. albanyhawker says: Sep 15, 2011 10:10 AM

    Woo Woo! You both have the Seahawks putting up 17 on the Steelers! I hope they get that many.

  6. zoxitic says: Sep 15, 2011 10:11 AM

    So, it only took one week for the Jaguars to get your respect.

  7. mac3333 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:12 AM

    Keep picking against Cincinnati please.

    We LOVE the underdog role.

  8. notrelated says: Sep 15, 2011 10:13 AM

    Rosenthals reason for the Falcons beating the Eagles doesn’t make any sense.

  9. deadmanwalking47 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:13 AM

    how good did those 6 rings get you last week in that 35-7 spanking at baltimore???

  10. theseantourage says: Sep 15, 2011 10:18 AM

    Both of you guys are high. There is no way the Dolphins are holding the Texans under 30 after giving up 42 to the Pats. Texans by 10.

  11. daburgher says: Sep 15, 2011 10:19 AM

    @mustbejealousof6
    please shut up man.. not a good look for our fan base. not sure anyone is jealous of our team right now.. your like the guy who celebrates a td while being down 30 points..

  12. yzguy431 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:22 AM

    because only an ex-attorney can pick football games. wonder what edgar snyder’s picks look like?

  13. baned0n says: Sep 15, 2011 10:22 AM

    How do the Saint’s need the win more than the Bears? The NFC North has the Packers in it. Even if you ignore the Lions (which you shouldn’t), the Bears have to keep up with the Pack.

    Meanwhile in the NFC South, the entire division lost. Nobody is in a must win situation. They’re in a “lets pretend last week didn’t happen” situation.

  14. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:24 AM

    Jumping on the Redskins???? I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. HAIL

  15. elwaysteeth says: Sep 15, 2011 10:24 AM

    Thank you both for picking the Bills, now I know the Raider Nation will prevail. Poor lost souls……..Will you never learn?

  16. kamdaryda says: Sep 15, 2011 10:25 AM

    Cowturds beating the Niners is laughable. Niners win by 2 TDs mark it down clowns. And oh yeah HTTR!!!!

  17. revengeofthefilthymcnasty says: Sep 15, 2011 10:25 AM

    HAIL!!!!

  18. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Sep 15, 2011 10:26 AM

    Are you serious? The pats pass rush won’t compare to the Texans. Yea they have Tom Brady but no one on miamis defense can cover Andre and their pass rush will be let loose on a Miami team that has no run game.

    Texans 34 Miami 23

  19. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:26 AM

    @mustbejealouseof6. Bro ur playing the seahawks… nice game against the ravens tho. Im very jealouse. Just keep counting those rings

  20. damko12 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:27 AM

    LeBron clearly traveled .. Oh wait

  21. seanmmartin says: Sep 15, 2011 10:28 AM

    Every game is decided by two points according to Rosenthal.

    Or should I say, evvery gayme iss desicded by two pionts .

  22. ravenut06 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:29 AM

    @mustbejealousof6

    until nov 6th, when you get knocked down again.

  23. blackbeardk says: Sep 15, 2011 10:33 AM

    With both you idiots picking agains the Raiders again this week, they are sure to win again!

  24. CKL says: Sep 15, 2011 10:34 AM

    I’m very, very concerned w/ the Pats playing SD. Their D DOES do a # on TB. In the past 5 games or so against them he has 1 excellent one I think (07 regular season). Pats were very, very VERY lucky to win against them last year. Their humongous and talented WR corps will be a great test for the Pats actual human being sized (finally!!!) secondary. Pats load up to stop a team’s best aspect and in SD it’s Rivers and their WRs so I would expect a lot of nickle D and hope they can “hold” him to about 300 yards and 2 tds.

  25. tfaulk says: Sep 15, 2011 10:34 AM

    Let me get this straight: both of you have the 30th ranked Dolphins beating the 10th ranked Texans. Are you trying to tell me that your Power Ranking are a complete joke? Or your Weekly Picks? Or both?

  26. phoff12 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:38 AM

    @mustbejealousof6

    I thought you had 7 turnovers last week not 6 and no im not jealous.

  27. warrenmoon says: Sep 15, 2011 10:40 AM

    Raiders will not lose to Buffalo. Buffalo’s offensive line can push the chiefs around but they won’t be pushing our defensive front anywhere. If we don’t get 15 penalties again we will win, even if we rely on getting to midfield and letting Janikowski boot it every time haha

  28. warrenmoon says: Sep 15, 2011 10:40 AM

    Raiders will not lose to Buffalo. Buffalo’s offensive line can push the chiefs around but they won’t be pushing our defensive front anywhere. If we don’t get 15 penalties again we will win, even if we rely on getting to midfield and letting Janikowski boot it every time haha

  29. bturner032002 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:42 AM

    Did god tell you to pick the Skins?

    Hail!

  30. a13phinfan says: Sep 15, 2011 10:46 AM

    Tell me how a team ranked 30th (dolphins) on your power rankings is going to beat the #10 team (texans) who just blew out the #29 team. Your power rankings are b.s. and u know it but are looking to get people talking. The dolphins should be somewhere between 10 and 15 and u proved this by unanimously picking them to win

  31. dcsween says: Sep 15, 2011 10:51 AM

    Every team scores two TDs with you guys. Of the 32 games, I think you picked the under maybe 4-5 times between the two of you.

  32. cornernum23 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:52 AM

    That Roman Coliseum was mean, lol.

    GO LIONS!!!!

  33. cornernum23 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:53 AM

    That Roman Coliseum line was mean, lol.

    GO LIONS!!!!

  34. enders9 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:54 AM

    mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:05 AM

    Six Ring Nation stand up! Let’s show everyone exactly why they’re jealous!

    —————————————–

    Somebody in Pittsburgh better stand up, because your team is laying down.

  35. geemoney713 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:56 AM

    Have to say… Rosenthal, I’m gaining more and more respect for you every week.

  36. depotnator says: Sep 15, 2011 10:59 AM

    This means nothing unless the spread is covered. The spread is usually indicated at the time the picks are made.

  37. dolphins4andrewluck says: Sep 15, 2011 10:59 AM

    so youll rank dolphins nearly last on power rankings, but both pick them to win. sounds good

  38. galvestontexans says: Sep 15, 2011 11:06 AM

    You guys need to lay off the weed if you think the dolphins are going to beat the Texans

  39. citizenstrange says: Sep 15, 2011 11:07 AM

    “Once upon a time, these teams got together for a conference championship game, which the Bills won big, 51-3.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Ahhh ….. one of my sweetest gambling memories EVER. I was in Vegas and I had somewhat drunkenly put down a crazy, crazy HUGE bet on the Bills, kind of because I liked the Bills to win and cover and kind of because I just HATE the Raiders so bad.

    I forget what the spread was but with the game starting at like 9:30 AM in Vegas by the time I woke up and turned on the TV in my hotel room it was already in the fourth quarter with the score 51-3. Easy money.

  40. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 15, 2011 11:09 AM

    “…before he gets hammered by Pittsburgh’s ornery defenders.”

    Ornery – that is what you call old men (you could also go with crotchety – ie. “James Harrison is down in the back and getting crotchety.”)

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  42. a13phinfan says: Sep 15, 2011 11:16 AM

    Dolphins are a more complete team than texans. If Daniel Thomas can contribute in short yardage they will win. Who knows might have beat patriots if they hadn’t released polite who was great in short yardage

  43. seanmmartin says: Sep 15, 2011 11:37 AM

    theseantourage ,

    When was the last time the Pats scored 42 on Miami?

  44. drshakedown74 says: Sep 15, 2011 11:47 AM

    Eagles 38 Falcons 17

  45. halfie6 says: Sep 15, 2011 12:01 PM

    mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 10:05 AM

    Six Ring Nation stand up! Let’s show everyone exactly why they’re jealous!

    —————————-

    Want definitive proof of how badly you give Steelers’ fans a bad name? I’m a Skins’ supporter and you *almost* make me want to see the Cowboys win a sixth ring just to shut you up.

  46. Deb says: Sep 15, 2011 12:09 PM

    especially with referee Bill Leavy breaking out his black-and-yellow striped shirt. (Again.) The Steelers shouldn’t need any extra help from the officials this time.

    Must be nice knowing you can post asinine comments like this and no one can tell you what to do with them thanks to the intervention of your little friends. Big boys can take the heat.

  47. jakek2 says: Sep 15, 2011 12:23 PM

    Look at the scores of these games. Glorified 7 on 7 drills. Disgusting!

  48. hartkirch says: Sep 15, 2011 12:33 PM

    Please post you record BOTh straight up AND against the line as a running season total(s).
    Thanks

  49. cjspiller12 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:15 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 15, 2011 10:09 AM
    While I agree that it’s gonna be really tough for the Raiders to have to travel across the country, on a short week, I think they’ll find a way to pull it out.

    We can’t have the Bills go 2-0, they’ll all be singing that stupid Shout song.
    ________________________________
    Looks like a leopard never changes his spots…….still bashing the Bills.

  50. EJ says: Sep 15, 2011 1:31 PM

    Everybody may think the Bills only won in KC because the Chiefs stink…

    Well then how about Denver? Not the greatest team either…

    Oakland only beat their crappy opponent by a few points, Buffalo beat theirs by a lot.

    Don’t count Buffalo out yet Raider Nation…

    Go Bills!!!!

  51. 808raiderinparadise says: Sep 15, 2011 1:44 PM

    Hmmmmm Bills, Bills, Bills ….. I’m a relatively honest/practical raider fan …. with that said, OAK d-line and toational players make a nasty 4 man front. They get pressure every snap with only 4 coming at the offense and the occassional blitz will have o-lines holding players and giving up sacks allllllll year. The tight man coverage OAK is notorious for will hold up in this one, as the bills become one dimensional passing and OAK will run the ball with McFadden, Bush, Taiwan Jones and Marcel Reese. Janikowski’s leg will be called upon ….. 23 to 20 OAK.

  52. philrat says: Sep 15, 2011 2:05 PM

    Texans 27 Dolphins 24

    Texans have a super bowl caliber offense and improved defense. Dolphins have no running game and an immobile quarterback.

  53. sonvar says: Sep 15, 2011 2:49 PM

    @philrat
    Not sure how you get immobile QB from one that ran 7 times for 59 yards.

    Anyways, it does look to me there is a good chance the NFC South still has a four way tie after this weekend.

  54. seanmmartin says: Sep 15, 2011 3:39 PM

    @sonvar

    Henne’s prior SEASON-high was below 59.

    Not sure how you get moble QB from one that ran 7 times for 59 yards ONCE.

  55. thephantomstranger says: Sep 15, 2011 5:39 PM

    mac3333 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 10:12 AM
    Keep picking against Cincinnati please.

    We LOVE the underdog role.
    ___________

    You mean you’ve learned to love the underdog role, not having any experience as the favorite.

  56. connerhome says: Sep 15, 2011 6:01 PM

    Wow… you all be thinned skinned n stuff. I be unhappy my incredibly witty comment was deleted. On the bright side, if you both were in my football pool, you’d be in 4th and 13th place respectfully… oh, there are only 12 people in the pool. Chargers 48, Patriots 31. By the way, I was 14-2 last week, good enough for 2nd place.

  57. lanski5 says: Sep 15, 2011 6:28 PM

    There is the very real chance that after this weekend, the NFC South may very well be 0-8, OUCH!

  58. failcopter says: Sep 15, 2011 10:17 PM

    I dunno about the Bills beating the Chiefs being all that. The chiefs clearly had an easy schedule last year. As a raider fan, I think my team will win if the penalties don’t go over the top (I.E. less than 13) The bills do have a worryingly passing offense, and Oakland’s secondary is suspect without Nnamdi, but I think their massive D-line and running attack, combined with the two best kicking legs in the NFL will do the trick. I say 28-21 Raiders. Feel free to disagree with me, bills fans.

  59. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 15, 2011 10:32 PM

    anyone else wanting the redskins to lose just because their fans all say “hail” after everything?

  60. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 15, 2011 10:35 PM

    raiders and texan fans will be intolerable if their teams win this weekend. hail…oh, er, never mind.

  61. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 15, 2011 10:37 PM

    did everyone check out the “pft gear” for sale? kinda ugly. i wonder if F & R are stuck with cases of it in their garages.

  62. cincysteve37 says: Sep 16, 2011 10:11 AM

    Cincinnati will still be terrible this year, but I think they have a shot against Denver. As far as Pittsburgh, your team is more notorious for sucking it up after a super bowl than Big Ben is for bathrooms and broken noses. Only good news for Pittsburgh DBags is the Penguins are coming back soon.

  63. skins23 says: Sep 16, 2011 12:00 PM

    “The up-and-down Redskins were supposed to lose the Giants. ”

    Says who? You? The spread in the game was less than 3 points and kept moving towards the Skins. Or do you only think “favorites” should win. Clearly, you haven’t been paying attention.

    But, you guys picked 17 of 32 games STRAIGHT UP, so you must be experts, right?

  64. mmmpierogi says: Sep 16, 2011 8:12 PM

    halfie6 says: Sep 15, 2011 12:01 PM

    mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 10:05 AM

    Six Ring Nation stand up! Let’s show everyone exactly why they’re jealous!

    —————————-

    Want definitive proof of how badly you give Steelers’ fans a bad name? I’m a Skins’ supporter and you *almost* make me want to see the Cowboys win a sixth ring just to shut you up.
    ********************************************

    mustbejealousof6 isn’t a real poster. I don’t understand how people are too naive to realize this.

  65. cgsuddeath says: Sep 18, 2011 12:21 PM

    San Diego will beat the Patriots.Just because Brady played well against a team that could play defense doesn’t make them superstars.Also keep in mind NE ‘s defense couldn’t stop Miami.

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