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PFT’s Week One picks

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With the start of the NFL regular season comes the start of a new picks competition.  This year, MDS will pit his prognostication skills against the proprietor of this portal.  At least I can proudly say I’m currently tied for the lead at 0-0.

And given that we disagree on only one game, I’m guaranteed to be no more than one game back after one week.

Cowboys at Giants

Florio’s take:  That Dallas playoff win by the Giants in 2007 not only fueled a Super Bowl run but also sparked the first of seven wins by New York in nine games against their NFC East rivals.  Underestimated by many (not me) as they try to become the first team to repeat in nearly a decade, the Giants should be able to continue the string of eight straight defending champs who launch the ensuing season with a win.

Florio’s pick:  Giants 30, Cowboys 24.

MDS’s take: I’m tempted to pick the upset in an attempt to put some distance between myself and Florio right off the bat, but this looks like a tough game for the Cowboys to win. The Giants’ pass rush is going to give Tony Romo fits, and Romo likely won’t have his favorite target, tight end Jason Witten. The Super Bowl champions will begin the 2012 regular season the way they ended the 2011 regular season, by beating the Cowboys.

MDS’s pick: Giants 24, Cowboys 14.

Colts at Bears

Florio’s take:  In 1961, a far less heralded rookie quarterback who would become a Hall of Famer launched his career with the Vikings (and the life of an expansion team) with a win over the Bears.  Though the Colts in many ways feel like a first-year franchise, lightning likely won’t be striking again, 51 years later.  Andrew Luck looks to be the real thing, but he’ll have to wait for a Week Two visit from the Vikings to get his first NFL win.

Florio’s pick:  Bears 27, Colts 13.

MDS’s take: Andrew Luck has looked outstanding in the preseason, but I’m not falling into the trap of thinking a new franchise quarterback means the Colts are going to pick up right where they left off when Peyton Manning was healthy. Even if Luck is outstanding when the games count for real, the Colts have all kinds of problems on defense, and I like Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, and Matt Forte to have big games on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Bears 31, Colts 17.

Eagles at Browns

Florio’s take:  A reunion of the Green Bay mafia will be conducted on Sunday, with various branches of the Mike Holmgren tree coming together in Cleveland.  But the Factory of Sadness will likely continue to churn out chagrin for the denizens of the Dawg Pound.  Though Mike Vick may not be able to stay healthy all season, he’ll be ready go to in Week One.  And so will the rest of his teammates.

Florio’s pick:  Eagles 35, Browns 20.

MDS’s take: I’m not sold on the Eagles, but I am sold on the Browns — sold on the idea that they’re the worst team in the league this year. It’s going to be a rough season in Cleveland.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 17, Browns 7.

Rams at Lions

Florio’s take:  Even when the Rams won the Super Bowl, they couldn’t win in Detroit.  Now that the Lions are moving closer to a Super Bowl berth of their own, this one could get ugly.  Quickly.

Florio’s pick:  Lions 27, Rams 10.

MDS’s take: Jeff Fisher is going to turn the Rams around, and they’re going to be a much better team this season than they were last season. An upset over the team coached by Fisher’s old protege Jim Schwartz wouldn’t surprise me, but I’ll pick Detroit in a nail-biter.

MDS’s pick: Lions 21, Rams 20.

Dolphins at Texans

Florio’s take:  The Dolphins won’t truly experience Hard Knocks until they get a look at the Texans’ defense.  I rarely predict a shutout.  It’s not really all that much of a stretch on this one.

Florio’s pick:  Texans 20, Dolphins 0.

MDS’s take: This looks like Week One’s biggest mismatch. Ryan Tannehill will have a steep learning curve adjusting to the NFL, while Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and the Texans’ offense will be in midseason form. This is a beatdown.

MDS’s pick: Texans 34, Dolphins 7.

Falcons at Chiefs

Florio’s take:  Last year, I had a feeling that the much-hyped Falcons wouldn’t fare well on a Week One trip to the Midwest, against the Bears.  This year, the Falcons are on the road to the Heartland again, against the Chiefs.  But they’ve got too much firepower, notwithstanding the firewater-influenced fanatics at Arrowhead.

Florio’s pick:  Falcons 28, Chiefs 24.

MDS’s take: Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel has expressed disappointment with his team’s performance in the preseason, and with good reason.  The Chiefs have looked shaky on both sides of the ball. Kansas City
got off to a very rough start last season and never recovered, and the start of this season could be rough as well.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 28, Chiefs 10.

Jaguars at Vikings

Florio’s take:  The battle for Matt Barkley would have been a hell of a lot more compelling in Week 17.  When the talent level is equally suspect, the home team gets the edge.

Florio’s pick:  Vikings 20, Jaguars 17.

MDS’s take: Who’s more likely to play and play well in this one, Maurice Jones-Drew or Adrian Peterson? Jones-Drew is healthy and says he’s been staying in shape, but one week isn’t enough to completely learn an offense after a lengthy holdout, and I see Jones-Drew struggling early this season in much the same way Chris Johnson did last season. Peterson didn’t play at all in the preseason, but from all accounts he has recovered from last year’s season-ending torn ACL, and I like him to have a big game in Week One.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 23, Jaguars 16.

Redskins at Saints

Florio’s take:  In a May appearance on PFT Live, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan joked that he hoped Saints quarterback Drew Brees would be suspended for Week One.  That would have been Washington’s only chance to steal a win in a Superdome that will be rocking almost as loud as it was the night they reopened the place in 2006.

Florio’s pick:  Saints 38, Redskins 22.

MDS’s take: The Saints feel like they have a point to prove, and they’ll be motivated, and the Superdome will be a hostile environment for Robert Griffin III. I think the Redskins’ offense is going to be better than most people expect, and they’ll put some points on the board against the Saints, but Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense will score more.

MDS’s pick: Saints 27, Redskins 24.

Bills at Jets

Florio’s take:  Lost in the hand-wringing regarding the Jets’ offense is the fact that the defense is still pretty good.  Good enough to outscore a Bills team that, while improving, isn’t ready to steal one on the road to start the season.

Florio’s pick:  Jets 15, Bills 10.

MDS’s take: This looks to me like one of the most interesting matchups of Week One, because the Jets are desperate to show that their terrible offensive showing in the preseason didn’t mean anything. Unfortunately for the Jets, I think the Bills, bolstered by the addition of Mario Williams, have exactly the kind of defense that can pressure Mark Sanchez and force him into a multiple-turnover game. The
chants for Tim Tebow be deafening by the end of this game.

MDS’s pick: Bills 10, Jets 3.

Patriots at Titans

Florio’s take:  The last time these two teams got together, the Patriots scored 59, and the Titans scored nothing.  While much has changed in Tennessee since 2009, enough players are still there to remind the teammates and the coaches of that day.  And it would matter if the Titans had the horses of defense to keep up with New England’s offense.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 35, Titans 26.

MDS’s take: The consistency of the Patriots in the salary-cap era in the NFL is nothing short of remarkable. The Patriots look, once again, like one of the best teams in the NFL, and Bill Belichick’s defense will give fits to Titans quarterback Jake Locker, making his first NFL start.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 31, Titans 17.

Seahawks at Cardinals

Florio’s take:  The Cardinals didn’t have a shot at quarterback Russell Wilson, given that they sent their second-round pick to Philadelphia for a quarterback who is now second string.  But coach Ken Whisenhunt may be wishing that the team had traded up six spots to get the Seahawks’ new starter; Wilson looks to be better than anything the Cardinals have at the position, which may be enough to pull off a Week One division road win.

Florio’s pick:  Seahawks 24, Cardinals 21.

MDS’s take: Russell Wilson emerged as the starter in Seattle after one of the most impressive performances in the NFL preseason, while John Skelton became the starter by default in Arizona because Kevin Kolb was one of the least impressive players in the NFL preseason. Advantage: Seattle.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 28, Cardinals 20.

49ers at Packers

Florio’s take:  When one of the best offenses meets one of the best defenses, the game will turn on how the other offense fares against the other defense.  The Packers defense has improved just enough to hold serve at Lambeau Field in the season opener.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 30, 49ers 27.

MDS’s take: The NFL schedule makers gave us a potential NFC Championship Game preview in Week One, and I see the Packers’ offense picking right up where they left off last year — and the Packers’ defense looking better.

MDS’s pick: Packers 27, 49ers 14.

Panthers at Buccaneers

Florio’s take:  The Bucs are laying the foundation for a very good team.  The Panthers are on the brink of being a very good team.  Cam Newton will be out to prove last year was no fluke, and an improved defense will keep it from turning into a shootout.

Florio’s pick:  Panthers 31, Buccaneers 21.

MDS’s take: Cam Newton won’t have a sophomore slump — he’ll be every bit the player this year that he as a rookie, and the Panthers will have a better team around him. Greg Schiano will turn the Bucs around, but there are going to be growing pains along the way, and they’ll struggle against the Panthers’ offense. This will be the Panthers’ first statement that they’re a team to be reckoned with in the NFC.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 30, Buccaneers 14.

Steelers at Broncos

Florio’s take:  Some say this could be the highest-rated regular-season game in NFL history.  Though the 1985 Bears-Dolphins game ultimately may keep the crown, the return of Peyton Manning could set the high-water mark for the entire 2012 season.  He wouldn’t have come back if he couldn’t get it done, and the Steelers have too many issues to come out of the gates with a road win.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 24, Steelers 17.

MDS’s take: This is a rematch of last year’s playoff meeting, but it’s a very different game with Peyton Manning at the helm in Denver and Tim Tebow off running the wildcat with the Jets. The result, however, will be similar: In a close, competitive game, the Broncos’ offense will get a late score to win it.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 24, Steelers 17.

Bengals at Ravens

Florio’s take:  Cincinnati gets its first chance in 2012 to win a game that it shouldn’t.  Though in time those wins will come, the Ravens have too much talent on both sides of the ball.

Florio’s pick:  Ravens 31, Bengals 24.

MDS’s take: The Bengals took a big step forward last year with the emergence of a young offense led by Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. This is an opportunity for them to make a very big statement about re-ordering the AFC North, but I see the Ravens’ defense making a big statement that they’re not going to let their young rivals get the best of them just yet.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 16, Bengals 13.

Chargers at Raiders

Florio’s take:  Oakland is taking a step back in the hopes of eventually taking a giant leap forward.  The Chargers are trying to finally put the pieces together.  For now, advantage Chargers.

Florio’s pick:  Chargers 27, Raiders 21.

MDS’s take: In the game that will have those in the Eastern time zone drinking coffee late into Monday night and showing up to work bleary-eyed on Tuesday morning, the Chargers will get a big game from Philip Rivers and get a leg up on the Raiders in the AFC West.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 27, Raiders 21.

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84 Responses to “PFT’s Week One picks”
  1. h3min1230 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:01 AM

    Just one disagreement? Well that’s no fun!

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 5, 2012 12:01 AM

    RGIII has played in more intense places. Score early and often vs the weak Saints defense and make the crowd a non factor. Our front seven will handle Brees and cancel the Saints “weapons.”

    My picks to win WK 1 -
    Cowboys
    Bears
    Browns
    Lions
    Texans
    Falcons
    Jaguars
    Redskins
    Jets
    Titans
    ‘Hawks
    Packers
    Buccaneers
    Steelers
    Bengals
    Chargers

  3. gunndlewittlebaum says: Sep 5, 2012 12:02 AM

    Holy Crap! The Vikings win! (please let it not be the only time)

  4. skeebo80 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:06 AM

    Niners go into Lambeau and get the W

  5. raiduhdude says: Sep 5, 2012 12:08 AM

    LOL @ the raiders losing when San Diego has their starting left tackle and running back out. I’m guessing some people didn’t see how impressive the raiders first team D looked..

  6. robgilman says: Sep 5, 2012 12:14 AM

    Raiders took a step back while the Chargers are on the brink of success…? HAHA, ahahaha. That’s comedy.

  7. mgdsquiggy17 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:17 AM

    They also looked at how impressive Palmer has been too….

  8. wipackman1265 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:22 AM

    Upset picks. Titans and Colts win. Packers win 31 to 20

  9. Steeley McBeam says: Sep 5, 2012 12:33 AM

    Bring it Broncos!! Good luck to everyone lets get this season started!!

  10. spellingcops says: Sep 5, 2012 12:37 AM

    raiduhdude:
    LOL @ the raiders losing when San Diego has their starting left tackle and running back out. I’m guessing some people didn’t see how impressive the raiders first team D looked..
    ——————-
    No, it’s just that it’s still the raiders. And they still suck.

  11. ashoreinhawaii says: Sep 5, 2012 12:43 AM

    Peyton is in the locker room and not able to come out for the second half.
    Steelers win.
    Broncos in the race for Matt Barkley.

  12. cliffclavicle says: Sep 5, 2012 12:44 AM

    Miami will not get shut out, in fact they’ll give an overrated Houston team a game.

    N.E. will not cover and could very well lose to Tenn. Wildly overrated, one-dimensional team this year, early round playoff fodder at best in 2012.

  13. squared80 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:45 AM

    The battle for Matt Barkley? The Vikings are more than happy with Ponder. Kid has talent. It’s the Jaguars and Gabbert that everyone questions.

  14. kattykathy says: Sep 5, 2012 1:03 AM

    Not sure about the Denver-Pittsburgh picks

    Everyone is hyping up the Donkeys just cause Manning is there. They won’t do better than 3rd in the AFC West

    And on the flip side, Pittsburgh is once again being overrated. Tebow exposed them for what they really were.

  15. virusgvr says: Sep 5, 2012 1:09 AM

    Hey Voiceofreason… I didnt come to read this story and post to get your picks, but thanks!

  16. autumnwind999 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:15 AM

    I still don’t get this notion that the Raiders are taking a step back.

    Losing Wimbley as an edge rusher is significant. Bush may be missed if McFadden gets hurt. But those are really the only major losses. Phillip Wheeler is a solid pickup at LB and the new scheme should make a dramatic improvement on D.

    On O, we get McFadden back. With him we were 4-2 and on the way to the playoffs in 2011.

    We also give Carson Palmer a proper off-season to learn the system and work with the team rather than throwing him out there a week after signing. Palmer is far better than Jason Campbell or any Raiders QB since Rich Gannon.

    How, exactly, is this team taking a step back? If they do regress it will be because the new offensive coaching staff is not as good as Hue Jackson. Hue was a great playcaller and his system fit the talent well. Knapp and co may be trying to force a square peg here.

    All this “step back” business is about the media telling itself that Al Davis was the problem and couldn’t possibly build a winning team. So they push this story — probably just sub-consciously trying to prove their theory correct — that the Raiders are destined to fail. Then, if they miss the playoffs, it’ll be because of “the mess” and lack of draft picks Al left behind. If they succeed, it’ll be because of the new culture established by Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen and the fact that this team was well on its way to the playoffs in 2011 — and only missed out on a tiebreaker — will be completely swept aside.

  17. calizcowboyz says: Sep 5, 2012 1:23 AM

    Giants where 9-7! Peeps and Gurus act like they dominated and ran the league. They where 9-7…..
    PERIOD! Oh im 9-7 and the luckiest team on the planet YET watch me repeat our luck.

    UH NOT! You lose to the basement dwellers TWICE last year with Rex Grossmen at qb. Wow Enough Said. Luck = Gnads! *Yawn*

  18. willisaldon9952 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:29 AM

    If the Packers pick up right where they left off, then doesn’t that spell bad news for Green Bay?

  19. lanjoith says: Sep 5, 2012 1:42 AM

    They were kind to the Raiders. The Chargers will thump them. 34-10.

  20. fincity305 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:52 AM

    Call me an insane homer, but Miami will win in Houston this week.. stout run d will limit arian foster, cam wake will test houston’s new RT, and sean smith will at least limit andre somewhat.. Our offense will struggle, but as long as we work through our running game and run a few good play action bootlegs we can pull the upset

  21. pilonflats says: Sep 5, 2012 1:57 AM

    Oh please, the Raiders are going to dismantle the chargers. Cry me a rivers!

  22. asublimeday says: Sep 5, 2012 2:18 AM

    Yea, let us rejoice that rosenthal is gone. Thank. God. That guy was freaking awful.

  23. 1paulkemp1 says: Sep 5, 2012 2:23 AM

    One word, Chalk!
    Give me 49ers, Chefs, Cards and the Raiders…

  24. hoodheisman says: Sep 5, 2012 3:12 AM

    The Raiders were the best team in the AFC West last year with a healthy McFadden. McFadden’s healthy, and the Chargers still can’t stop the run. I still remember Seymour pwning the Chargers OLine in his first game with the Raiders. Nobody has tape on Dennis Allen as a head coach. Norv Turner is still who we thought he is.

    Raiduhs – 27
    Chargers – 17

  25. britishraven says: Sep 5, 2012 3:16 AM

    If you think staying up to watch the late game on the East coast is bad – try staying up in the UK to watch it!

  26. hajjihajji says: Sep 5, 2012 3:28 AM

    dolphins 16-0!!!!!!!!

  27. paulnoga says: Sep 5, 2012 4:11 AM

    On NFL Network, Jamie Dukes said it best; the Saints have been boisterous and defiant about their perceived “the World is against us” attitude. HOWEVER, they did not show that on the field during the preseason. They have talked a good game but not produced. They could be ripe for a loss to the Redskins.

  28. joetoronto says: Sep 5, 2012 4:22 AM

    Talk about going with the flow, these picks are as mundane as it gets.

    No balls at all.

  29. paddymurph70 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:51 AM

    Florio…the finhater of the universe. When Fins win- you can buy me a beer after the Notre Dame game at Fox and Hounds in Studio City.

  30. braddavery says: Sep 5, 2012 4:53 AM

    You guys think the Bills will only score 10 points this week? You are out of your minds.

  31. egetto says: Sep 5, 2012 5:01 AM

    Jags 27 Vikes 13. First clue on how wrong the national media is on the jags. 2nd clue will be knocking off the trendy texans under the broiler next week in front of 65000 members of a “weak fan base”

  32. flash1283 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:09 AM

    cliffclavicle says:
    Sep 5, 2012 12:44

    N.E. will not cover and could very well lose to Tenn. Wildly overrated, one-dimensional team this year, early round playoff fodder at best in 2012.

     –
    It was a LAME comment the first 2 times you made it on 2 other Patriot threads today and it’s still a LAME comment!!

    To say they are “wildly overrated” is ignorant!!

  33. bullcharger says: Sep 5, 2012 5:29 AM

    fincity305 says:Sep 5, 2012 1:52 AM

    Call me an insane homer, but Miami will win in Houston this week.. stout run d will limit arian foster, cam wake will test houston’s new RT, and sean smith will at least limit andre somewhat.. Our offense will struggle, but as long as we work through our running game and run a few good play action bootlegs we can pull the upset

    ———————

    This is the game I took in my suicide pool. Big home favorite playing a non division AFC game. There’s always a chance, but I don’t think Miami could beat them once in 100 tries.

  34. bullcharger says: Sep 5, 2012 5:32 AM

    The Giants should be a lock to win the opener. The home team has won since they started the opening kick-off game. I don’t think it’s too fair that Dallas has to be the team that plays in that game. It should really be a non-division game so it doesn’t have so many playoff implications.

  35. bigfranky75 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:03 AM

    Raiders Fans… stop. just stop it…

    You are aware that Carson “The JOKE” Palmer is your QB, right?

    All that gets you is in the running for 3rd in the division.

    Please stop…

  36. ianwetpantscom says: Sep 5, 2012 6:21 AM

    Florio & MDS both pick the mighty Steelers to lose to the Broncos in Denver again?

    The horror that Steeler Nation will ensue!

  37. starfan79 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:24 AM

    Dallas wins tonight. Eli hasn’t seen this kind of coverage out of Big D yet. Dez and Miles are back in tonight. Dallas 24 Giants 17.

  38. tommybrady says: Sep 5, 2012 6:30 AM

    cliffclavicle says:
    Sep 5, 2012 12:44 AM
    Miami will not get shut out, in fact they’ll give an overrated Houston team a game.

    N.E. will not cover and could very well lose to Tenn. Wildly overrated, one-dimensional team this year, early round playoff fodder at best in 2012.

    ————————————————–
    Hey Chief Clavicle…the Pats were a one dimensional team last year.. and they only added to their defense. How you say they are overrated is baffling. They lost in the super bowl late in the 4th.

    You can say that they might get upset this week if you want…but there’s only 1 or 2 other teams in the league that you can say have a better shot at reaching the super bowl than them..

    Your “overrated” comment is just ignorant, lazy, and completely out of spite.

    Pats roll Sunday

    Enjoy the season chief

  39. smokinjoes91 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:01 AM

    The pats probably aren’t overrated but the titans are definitely underrated. If Locker can scramble around and make some throws to a decent WR lineup (with Britt back after week 1 it’s a very good lineup) that will loosen up the defense for CJ.

    No matter what your opinion is of CJ2k, you have to admit all he needs is an inch and he will take a mile.

    Add in an improved D (wimbley signing and emergence of talented young DTs, names like jurrell casey and karl klug) and this could be a very dangerous team.

    Don’t forget the Titans were the only team with a winning record to not make the postseason last year.

  40. spunjmunke says: Sep 5, 2012 7:14 AM

    Cleveland the worst team in the NFL? Seriously, what is this boner you guys have against Cleveland? Don’t get me wrong, they suck…bad. But they’re not the worst team in the NFL.

  41. eaglesw00t says: Sep 5, 2012 8:28 AM

    Browns are the worst team in the NFL, and you think the Eagles offense only manages 17 points against them?

    Not likely.

  42. pensfan603 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:43 AM

    Upset picks
    Browns
    Jaguars,
    Steels
    Raiders
    agreed with the rest.

  43. gmsalpha says: Sep 5, 2012 8:43 AM

    It all comes down to the Bills vs Jets, huh?

  44. johnnyb1976 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:48 AM

    I think that a lot of people are undervaluing Suggs on that Baltimore D (If such a thing can be done). I think that they will struggle schematically without him. Remember this D is old, and it doesn’t seem like the younger linebackers “get it” as well as in the past. Not giving Cincy a chance in this game is very wrong. Bengals will upset the Ravens 23-16.

  45. villa41 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:55 AM

    The Raiders are not taking any step back this season in a division that’s wide open. While you so called “experts” have been sleeping, the Raiders have assembled the best roster in the division – period. The new defensive minded coaching staff will finally get the most out of the talent that has been there on the defensive side of the ball.

    I wonder if Rivers will actually make it through the whole game in one piece behind that awful offensive line, let alone SD win. The Raiders surprise season (not a surprise to those of us that actually follow the team closely) starts Monday night. Oakland 17 – Dolts 3.

  46. jaxbill says: Sep 5, 2012 8:56 AM

    You got the wrong Florida team in the Matt Barkley sweepstakes. The road to 1-15 goes thru Miami.

  47. tinbender2000 says: Sep 5, 2012 9:00 AM

    The only way the Cardinials put up 21 against Seattle is if they get 7 field goals, but that would require a quarterback capable of getting them far enough down the field to kick one, SEVEN times.

  48. m1000be says: Sep 5, 2012 9:00 AM

    Only one I disagreed with is the Colts pick. The Colts will beat the Bears. Yes, I am a Colts fan and probably a bit biased and more than hopeful, but I just have a gut feeling that the boys in blue will prevail.

    Oh and just maybe, maybe the Raiders beat the Chargers.

  49. ottomanismydog says: Sep 5, 2012 9:10 AM

    kattykathy says:
    Sep 5, 2012 1:03 AM
    Not sure about the Denver-Pittsburgh picks

    Everyone is hyping up the Donkeys just cause Manning is there. They won’t do better than 3rd in the AFC West

    And on the flip side, Pittsburgh is once again being overrated. Tebow exposed them for what they really were.

    —————————–

    While I understand Pittsburgh is regarded nationally of being in a transition stage. Your point for them losing makes no sense. If Tebow exposed them, then week 2 should be the issue, not week 1. So while Manning could be the best QB of all time, I highly doubt he’ll run the spread option.

  50. silvernblackpa says: Sep 5, 2012 9:12 AM

    I can’t figure my Raiders out. 12-4 wouldn’t surprise me. 4-12 wouldn’t surprise me. That said, there’s one thing I am sure of and that is this: the Raiders are winning Monday night.

    I look for a repeat of that Thursday night game on NFL Network from last season except that it’ll be Matt Shaughnessy instead of Kam Wimbley living in the Chargers backfield and Darren McFadden instead of Michael Bush running wild.

    And as good as Michael Bush is, believe me when I say that when Darren McFadden runs wild, it’s a whole lot uglier if you’re the opposing team. Ask Josh McDaniels and Denver about that.

  51. jtfawver says: Sep 5, 2012 9:14 AM

    As a Chiefs fan I am picking Atl to beat KC. However saing 28-10 is a bit crazy. I’d find it more realistic to even say 42-24. Chiefs will be able to run the ball on Atl, but without Hali and possibly Johnson/Flowers and Kendrick Lewis Matt Ryan will have a field day.

    Hali really screwed us here, specially when you consider how bad Sam Baker has been.

  52. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 5, 2012 9:20 AM

    Everyone with a problem with the Packers beating the 49ers, let’s look at the fact.

    Fact: The Packers are a much better team than the 49ers.

  53. lanzurrah says: Sep 5, 2012 9:24 AM

    How delusional are you Raider fans? You had the 29th ranked defense in the league last year. Who exactly did you add to improve this defense? You lost a couple of key contributors…oh, but it’s the “scheme”…”the talent is there, it’s just being misused!” Raider fans say that every coaching change, and they still suck in the end.

    Gaither might be out, but McMichael will be helping the rookie block all night. The rest of the o-line tore apart that Raider defense in the final game last year, squashing their playoff hopes.

  54. meytonpanning says: Sep 5, 2012 9:28 AM

    Vick is amazing, don’t get me wrong, but Bell cannot block his blind side. They NEED Peters this year more than ever.

  55. ickky says: Sep 5, 2012 9:30 AM

    Packers are a team that can be pushed around. 49rs can do alot of pushing around.
    49rs by 10

  56. southsidesteve86 says: Sep 5, 2012 9:49 AM

    They picked every favorite except for MID picking Buffalo over the NYJ, where the Bills should be favored anyway. Way to go out on a limb.

  57. shootscuz says: Sep 5, 2012 9:52 AM

    Raiders fans are crazy. They lose there sack leader from last year and have the worst QB in the west yet they are somehow going to win the division. The Raiders could beat the Chargers just because of the o-line issues SD has but let’s stop this crazy talk of taking the division by force.

  58. wjmoffatt says: Sep 5, 2012 10:00 AM

    hmm wonder if the Texans have a chance at winning week 1

  59. dbrooks2375 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:15 AM

    Don’t sleep on the Panthers. Defense MUCH improved. Tough schedule, but Cam gonna take us to the promise land. Is there a better athlete in the league??? I think not!

  60. squrlmoos1 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:26 AM

    Browns worst team in the NFL? What about Miami, Arizona, Jacksonville, St Louis, and Indy to name a few? Cleveland is young and inexperienced but they have more young talent than most teams out there. Weeden, Richardson, Little, Gordon and Benjamin is a solid group of young players. There will be growing pains but this team will be far from the worst team in the NFL at the end of the year.

  61. stillrnation says: Sep 5, 2012 10:28 AM

    Way to go out on a limb guys…you picked almost every favorite. Now that’s some in depth analysis

  62. moagecu says: Sep 5, 2012 10:35 AM

    @johnnyb1976 name one starter on the Ravens defense besides Ed Reed and Ray Lewis that is over 30. The Ravens D being old is a myth.

  63. larryfitzgerald4mvp says: Sep 5, 2012 10:38 AM

    The Cardinals are being underestimated, imo. Because of their QB situation, people forget the fact that they aren’t a terrible team.

    They went 8-8 last year with a strong finish, including a win at home against seattle in week 17.

    Also, the last 2 years, they opened at home against Bradford and Cam Newton in their 1st starts…and they beat them both. Russell Wilson is just the media’s darling right now, the Cards will bring him back to earth in week 1.

  64. chargerzz says: Sep 5, 2012 10:40 AM

    The Faiders are going 6-10 at best hahahahahahaha

  65. materialman80 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:55 AM

    the Cowchips and Romo start off the season with a loss. It’s doesn’t get any better!

  66. sorryimbusypolishingmy6lombardis says: Sep 5, 2012 11:03 AM

    I would really like to know why and how it is that every single time I write a comment defending the Steelers, it gets deleted. But the idiot known as ravenator can post whatever crap he wants, totally irrelevent to the topic at hand, just to put down the Steelers, and every single one of his comments are allowed to stand? Is he Florio’s cousin or something? Does he have naked pictures of Florio? What exactly is it? I would really just like to know what exactly the rules are here.

  67. thebigcaptain2011 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    @Calizcowboys
    The Giants actually finished 13-7. You forgot about the wins vs Atlanta, Green Bay, San Fran and New England? Quality wins against teams that are contenders again this season. Yes, the Giants lost twice to Washington (for the first time in years; the Giants record vs Washington since 2006 is 9-3 including those two losses) it was a bad matchup for them. Meanwhile, they swept the Cowboys last year including Eli taking the Cowboys D to school once again in their own stadium. So while you like to call a team that prepares, trains, schemes, practices and sheds blood sweat and tears to win “lucky” your team has gotten lucky exactly once in the last 15 years.

  68. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    The packers are overrated and benifited last year from the officials giving them every call.

  69. steelers4385 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:54 PM

    I like how nobody gives the steelers a chance. We have to many issues? No the cowboys and jets have issues. We still have plenty of playmakers on the field to get it done. Its just everyone wants to get on their knees for Manning.

  70. cliffclavicle says: Sep 5, 2012 8:40 PM

    Pats are insanely overrated, nine, maybe ten wins tops. They’ve crested, it’s all downhill from here.

    Miami is vastly underrated, they’ll win at least seven or eight and do well in a relatively weal division.

  71. cliffclavicle says: Sep 5, 2012 8:40 PM

    Weak division, I mean.

  72. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 5, 2012 11:18 PM

    So much Packer hate lol

    Packers > Every other team.

    The end.

    BTW, the way it’s going, it looks like both prognosticators are 0-1.

  73. florio4prez says: Sep 6, 2012 2:08 AM

    It is impossible to underrate Miami. Did you see any of Hard Knocks? Nice coach. Very bad football team. Real chance (again) of running the table.

  74. imodan says: Sep 6, 2012 4:38 PM

    “Pats are insanely overrated, nine, maybe ten wins tops. They’ve crested, it’s all downhill from here.

    Miami is vastly underrated, they’ll win at least seven or eight and do well in a relatively weal division.”
    ————————————————————
    The Miami heat has melted your grey matter. Stick to the Miami threads with the other delusional fans who still believe winning Super Bowls in the 70′s matters in 2012. Dolphins suck and the only thing they will be battling is the shame of going winless.

  75. cliffclavicle says: Sep 6, 2012 5:28 PM

    Miami will win 7, maybe 8 games this season. Pats will maybe win 10 at most. NFL fans = notorious know-it-alls who dwell in the past. Buffalo will win the AFC East and beat N.E. twice. Pats will lose outright to Titans this weekend, guaranteed. They’re wildly overrated, not that good anymore.

  76. txnative61 says: Sep 7, 2012 2:15 AM

    Not a homer for either team, but the Giants schooled the Packers in the playoffs last season, and barely eked out a win over 49er’s. Not sure how that translates into being favored, just how have they fixed things that much? 9er’s shored up WR corps at least. Lambeau not the advantage it will be when the tundra gets frozen, but should make for the second best game this week, uh, since the Boys did indeed kick off the season with some competence to show you both fallible.

  77. tsmarriner says: Sep 7, 2012 6:14 AM

    The Falcons should beat the Chiefs, but it’s in KC, so that could make it interesting.

  78. adventistgroup says: Sep 7, 2012 12:03 PM

    You have Cards scoring way too many points against the Seahawk’s D. Try more like 3 based on a block punt near the 30.

  79. ken14andersonforhof says: Sep 7, 2012 5:15 PM

    palmer throws 3 picks for touchdowns and goes to the sideline,crys like a little baby and QUITS. chargers 35 raiders 0

  80. pantherpro says: Sep 7, 2012 9:25 PM

    Raiders 2-14 in stench bowl

  81. ethancampanelli says: Sep 8, 2012 11:18 AM

    I’m better than everyone

  82. stoic2 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:26 AM

    O Florio…here’s your one help for the entire season: the Gods like Lions, Ravens,
    Peyton,Jets (not tebow-yes REX)…when you see Peyton think win, ditto Lions..Everything else is pretty open exception of teams from PA- teams from PA recognize your losers. Gods like to mess around with Giants they had theirs last year not this year…if Ravens offend the Gods Bengals will be AFC N champs. Ditto for weird Broncos- offend the Gods and you will see Raiders. Finally Gods would rather see anyone but Kostas on NFL, borish..yes just turn off the sound but then there is the silly photo-picture on the transmission..Why can’t a Raiders fan replace him?? raise Cosell from the dead maybe? what about U Florio at least U have intelligence…

  83. joshmattox says: Sep 9, 2012 6:19 PM

    Florio, you do not have a solid grasp on the Skins this year. Even as a fan, I am very cautious about their expectations this year, but even power ranking them at #24 and expecting the Saints to crush them is a bit much.

    Leave the power rankings to MDS.. he has a better head on his shoulders when it comes to analysis versus results.

    HAIL!

  84. bucthat says: Sep 9, 2012 11:24 PM

    Hahahaha bucs won

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