Re: NFL Week One Picks and Game of the Week
posted at 9/10/2009 12:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: NFL Week One Picks and Game of the Week
[QUOTE]I agree with the Buffalo prediction. Tom's first game back will have the entire league watching for any "decline" or hesitation when he's in the pocket. Tom knows this, and will want to show them all he's still the man. With Moss and Welker he should be able to exploit the Bills' mediocre defense. Owens is a great WR (at least as far as on the field), but they have a bunch of rookies and second year guys on the O-line. Edwards won't be able to get the ball to Owens if he's on his back most of the game. I smell a blowout in Foxboro on Monday! RESPONSE: I don't see the Bills being able to mount the type of pass-rush necessary to bother Brady. Plus, their offense, even with the addition of TO, doesn't scare me (because Trent Edwards is their QB). Whether the game becomes a blowout will depend on the play of the Pats' young, untested seconday...which looked terrible in the preseason.
Tonight's game: If I were going by the point spread I'd take the Titans all day long. I actually think they have a great shot at winning outright. While they may have lost Haynesworth, VandenBosch is back healthy. I still don't like the Steelers O-line, and it's only a matter of time before it takes it's toll on Ben. Tennessee's defense matches up well with Pittsburgh. So though I think Tomlin will do a much better job than Cowher did at having them ready to defend their title, the Titans will be a tough hurdle. If the Steelers are to win this one they will have to have Ben come through again on a game winning drive in the closing minute. But he's proven that he can do that pretty well, at least in 08. I'm going to take the Titans, but it will surely be a great game. RESPONSE: The Titans can't play from behind if they hope to win tonight. No way veteran QB Kerry Collins duplicates what he did last year. I'm torn who to root for in this one. Though I'm inclined to root against the Steelers, I'm reminded that the Patriots own Tennessee's 2nd round pick next year. So, the worse the Titans do in 2009, the better for the Pats.
I'm on the edge about the Falcons and Dolphins. Can Matt Ryan escape the "sophomore slump"? I don't think the Fins are as good as they seemed last season. The game being in Atlanta I sort of lean towards the Falcons. If Ryan doesn't digress in his second season they will be a force in the NFC. Adding Gonzo really helps them out, too. RESPONSE: This was a tough game for me to pick a winner. My gut tells me to go with Miami. But, like the Titans, Miami is a team that will not play well ffrom behind...and they're going to have to score at least 21 points to beat Atlanta.
Chiefs and Ravens? Though I heard last night Cassel is 50/50 on playing Sunday, this is a no brainer. I'll take Baltimore. RESPONSE: Matt doesn't have the receivers to work with that he had in NE. The Chiefs need a huge game from RB Larry to have any chance.
The Panthers and Eagles will be an interesting game (of course, after an entire offseason even the Lions and Raiders might be mildly amusing). I was also puzzled by Jake's fat contract...especially after the Cardinals game. And that's not the first time he's blown an important game with turnovers. I'm going with the Eagles, though. With the threat of the dog killer behind him, McNabb is going to come out hot. Carolina did too well last year to be elite in 09, IMO. In any case, I'm picking the Eagles to win the NFC East, and I believe they can handle the Panthers. RESPONSE: Eagles' WR Desean Jackson is a major league homerun threat. The Panthers must establish the run to have a chance.
The Bungles are hard to read. If Palmer is healthy, they will have a decent offense, despite losing TJ. It's their defense that is a huge question mark. But Orton didn't impress me in the preseason. With healthy RBs they should have a good ground game. But their defense was awful, and though they aquired some new guys, it will take a bit to gel. I'll do with Cincinatti, too. RESPONSE: I see Denver's defense as much improved. But, if Orton doesn't go, who will be their QB? Former USC LBs Maualuga and Rivers should add speed and toughness to the Bengals' defense.
Though I'm not sold on Favre, he will at least start out well. Cleveland is a mess. Quinn may become a good QB, but he's inexperienced. The Vikings defense will have a field day. So will AP if Favre will hand him the ball instead of trying to sling it downfield. I'd say the Vikings walk away with this one. RESPONSE: I can't see the Browns being able to handle Adrian Peterson. That should make things easy for Farve...who exacts revenge on Eric Mangini.
I kind of like the Texans against the Jests. Though they do not have a QB they can depend on, their defense is quite good. It will be Sanchez's first NFL game and with a hostile crowd. Also they don't have Rosenfels to hand the game to the opposition in the 4th quarter! RESPONSE: The Titans seem to be snakebit with injuries every year. The injury bug has bitten their #1 draft choice, LB Brian Cushing. Though I suspect Cushing to be a bit overated and roids aided, its' still a blow to their defense. Matt Schaub is too inconsistent and injury prone for me to be sold on the Texans.
Well, time has caught up to me. I have to go jump in the shower and get ready for work. I'll address the other eight games this afternoon around 4. I can't believe the season is finally here!!! Y'all have a good day!
Posted by bubthegrub2[/QUOTE]
Every team in the NFL knows that Tom Brady is the key to Pats. The Patriots must be ready to handle a variety of blitz packages from every angle...by every team they play.