Anyway, here are your week one picks*:
* Please, don't make bets based off of my picks!!! You won't be winning any money if you do.
Vikings @ Saints; WD picked the Saints. Final Results: 14-9 Saints.
1PM: Cleveland Browns @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.0)
Tampa is just not that great of a team. While Cleveland isn't elite by any stretch, Delhomme and the Browns run game should do enough and Rob Ryan's D should dismantle a young and injured (thumb) Josh Freeman.
1PM: Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills (+3.0)
Buffalo is just not a very good team (except for CJ Spiller). Miami should be able to win this one easily as long as they don't turnover the ball or give up a big play on STs.
1PM: Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots (-5.5)
Upset special #1 here. Pats. should normally win this one, but I like the Bengals defense and I think while the Bengals have been more run oriented, T.O and Ochocinco are facing a very young and inexperienced secondary. Expect Palmer to throw the ball more than normal.
1PM: Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans (+2.5)
Upset special #2. Something tells me the Texans pull this one off this week. I like Houston's D-line vs. Indy's O-line. I think Houston doesn't make the mistakes that cost them games against the Colts last year.
1PM: Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5)
I hate this game. The Broncos are inconsistent since McDaniels took over so you never know what you're getting. Same can be said for the Jags. who I never can figure (if I pick them to win, they lose and vice versa). Going with the Broncos primarily b/c I just think they may be a better.....but I'm not sure.
1PM: Atlanta Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers (+2.5)
Falcons are going up, Steelers are going down. Don't blame the loss on Dennis Dixon. The Steelers O-line is lousy. The run game has been non-existent. Only the Steelers D can save this game and I'm not sure they can do enough to slow Matt Ryan and Michael Turner to win.
1PM: Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans (-6.5)
Raiders are better but just not as good as the Titans.
1PM: Carolina Panthers @ NY Giants (-7.0)
SHD is convinced that the Panthers are a wild card this season. Me, not so much. I don't think the Giants are going to be a great team this year, but they win the opener at home.
1PM: Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears (-6.0)
Upset special #3. I really like the Lions here. The lions D is much better. Suh is a monster. We know Cutler will throw at least one INT. Stafford and the O is clicking. The Bears O-line is porous at best. Is Urlacher even playing?
4:15PM: Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams (+4.0)
Cardinals are just a better team than the Rams. Sam Bradford's 1st game. Expect mistakes and sacks/turnovers.
4:15PM: Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5)
The Kevin Kolb era begins here. It will probably be with a loss. Aaron Rogers and the Packers O will just out score the Eagles.
4:15PM: San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks (+2.5)
Pete Carroll coming from USC back to the NFL is no indication that he Seahawks will succeed. The 49ers start their 2010 domination of the NFCW.
8:20PM: Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins (+3.5)
Dallas has some serious O-line issues and have struggled to score in the pre-season. The Redskins have practically a new team, new coach and a new attitude. McNabb is coming off an injured ankle and the team has some issues. That said, I really like the Skins chances here. Skins win. I have 27-24 in my head and while that score seems too high, that's what I'm going with.
7PM: Baltimore Ravens @ NY Jets (-3.0)
The Jets win by not making turnovers, running the ball and dominating defensively. The Ravens destroy the run game and are just a much better team offensively. Flacco throws a couple of TDs or Ray Rice breaks a big run......this game is over.
10:15PM San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs (+5.5)
Chargers are a good team, Chiefs are not. Yeah, it's a divisional game but Arrowhead won't make the difference here.