WEEK ONE NFL PICKS, and "Game of the Week"

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    WEEK ONE NFL PICKS, and "Game of the Week"

         At long last, the 2013 season is set to begin this coming Thursday night, when the World Champion Baltimore Ravens invade Denver, to face the dreaded Horseface. For the Patriots, this should be a challenging year, as the media will surely try to drag BB and our great football franchise into the AH abyss, throughout the season. I'll discuss the prospects of the 2013 Patriots in much greater detail, in my upcoming roster analysis thread. But for now, let's rejoice at the return of Pro Football, and focus on Week One...with the "Game of the week" being:

    1.) Baltimore Ravens (+8.5) @ Denver Broncos: To my knowledge, this is the first time that a SB champion has had to play their Thursday night opener on the road. The City of Baltimore and the Ravens have the Baltimore Orioles to thank for this, as the O's selfishly and inexplicably refused to switch around their schedule to accommodate their football playing "cousins". Much has been made of the personnel losses suffered by the Buzzards during the offseason. But remember, former Bronco Elvis Dumervil makes his return, and certainly will have vengence on his mind. Look for the Buzzards to be further motivated by the ridiculous 8.5 point spread against them. Denver has OL some issues, particularly at center. Their defense, without former MLB Joe Mayes, former DE Dumervil, new 'roids poster boy Von Miller, and with an ancient Champ Bailey, isn't what it once was: PICK: Ravens;

    2.) New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills (+10): Thanks primarily to the Wes Welker departure, the no love for Kyle Love issue, and, especially, the Aaron Hernandez shocker, the Patriots have had a mess of an offseason. Unfortunately, nothing was done to successfully fill their gaping hole at SS. With Kyle Love gone due to health issues, the Patriots are so thin at DT that they've have had to sift through other teams' cuts and the free agency scrap heap to add depth. Despite the cring needing to land a field stretching WR, unless 4th rounder Josh Boyce surprises, that hole still remains. But, BB is still sitting in the Admiral's seat strategizing, and Tom Brady is still at the helm, guiding the Battleship Patriots. This alone should be enough to once again stomp upon their weak AFC East foes. Yes, the Patriots still are Gronkless, but the Bills QB of the future, E.J. Manuel, is coming off a "minor" knee injury. More importantly, top flight CB Stephon Gilmore will likely miss the Bills first 6 games due to a wrist injury http://nfl.si.com/2013/08/26/stephon-gilmore-injury-buffalo-bills/, and star FS Jarius Byrd is reportedly battling the dreaded plantar fasciitis foot injury, and likely won't play: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/02/jairus-byrd-dealing-with-plantar-fasciitis/

         Look for Tom Terrific to have a field day against the injury depleted Bills' secondary, and for the Pats to have success running the ball against a less than stout Buffalo front seven. On "D", the Pats must contain RB C.J. Spiller, who will be highly motivated, though playing with a broken heart, this week: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/02/c-j-spiller-returns-to-bills/. PICK: Patriots;

    3.) Tennessee Titans (+7) @ Pittsburgh Steelers: The Titans aren't a bad team. But, they'll never be a good team until they find a franchise QB...and Jake Locker ain't it. Look for Big Ben and his fleet of speedy smurfs to light up the scoreboard against the Titans' "D". Keep an eye on rookie WR Markus Wheaton. If he stays healthy, he will eventually make Steeler fans forget about the departed Mike Wallace: PICK: Steelers;

    4.) Atlanta Falcons (+3) @ New Orleans Saints: I almost chose this as my "Game of the Week". Head coach Sean Payton returns to the gridiron in the Big Easy, so emotions will be high. Rob Ryan is Payton's new DC. But a monkey wrench was thrown into Ryan's plans to convert the Saints' "D" to an attacking 3-4, when DE/OLB Will Smith went down for the season with a knee injury. Nonetheless, QB Drew Brees makes the Saints formidable. Though the Falcons are defensively challenged, and look vunerable against the pass, their offense may be second to none. If he can stay healthy, RB Steve Jackson should make teams respect the Falcons' running game. Though it's only Game One for both teams, this is a huge, huge game for the Saints: PICK: Falcons;

    5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ N.Y. Jets (+3): The Geno Smith error officially begins. Expect at least three (3) Geno related turnovers in this one...as Darrelle Revis returns to action against his former team. Let the booing begin: PICK: Buccaneers;

    6.) Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5): Since waterboarding has been outlawed as a form of "torture", expect the creative guys in the CIA to find other ways of making terrorist prisoners talk...such as forcing them to watch this game in it's entirety: PICK: Jaguars;

    7.) Cincinnati Bengals (+3) @ Chicago Bears: On paper, the Bengals look like world beaters, especially on defense. But, I've never been impressed with head coach Marvin Lewis. I'm even less impressed with his QB, Andy Dalton. Plus, the Cincy OL may be a bit leaky at OT: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/26/andrew-hawkins-sheds-walking-boot-andrew-whitworth-without-a-timetable-for-return/

         As for the Bears, they're like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get. Chicago fired Lovie Smith to bring in offensive guru Marc Trestman from the CFL. They have also finally taken some positive steps to improve their OL. They have weapons at WR in Brandon Marshall, Allston Jeffery, and Devin Hester...and stud RBs in Matt Forte, and Michael Bush. But, Marshall has had hip problems. It's unknown just how effective he'll be: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/29/brandon-marshall-says-hell-play-week-one/. Still, with the changes the Bears have made to upgrade themselves offensively, Jay Cutler is out of excuses this season, and must produce: PICK: Bengals; 

    8.) Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns (PK): We'll see about whether the Browns' generally good play in the preseason was just a mirage. They appear to have a solid defense, though top pick Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) will likely not play in their opener. Still, their "D" is good enough to keep them in most games. Their offense is their question mark: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/27/brandon-weeden-no-reason-to-push-panic-button-on-offense/. Meanwhile, the 'Fins top draft pick, DE Dion Jordan, is having shoulder problems, and likely won't play: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/30/dion-jordan-if-dolphins-need-me-i-can-play/. This looks to be a relatively low scoring game, decided by FGs. Since Miami's kicking game is more solid and dependable then the Phil Dawson-less Browns: PICK: Dolphins;

    9.) Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers (+3): No team, perhaps save the 49ers, was more dominant and impressive in the preseason than the 'Hawks. But usually, that and a buck will buy you a cup of coffee. Not so, here. The Seahawks will pick up where they left off in the second half of last season: PICK: Seahawks;

    10.) Minnesota Vikings (+4.5) @ Detroit Lions: Judging by how the Lions manhandled the Patriots in the preseason, one would expect big things from them. But, the Vikings have a solid defense, and RB Adrian Peterson. Unfortunately, they also have Christian Ponder as their starting QB. Look for Matt Cassell to depose him before mid-season: PICK: Lions;

    11.) Oakland Raiders (+9.5) @ Indianapolis Colts: The Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes begins in earnest for the raiders of this lost ark, as they battle the Jets, Jaguars and Eagles in their journey to Never Land: PICK: Colts;

    12.) Arizona Cardinals (+5) @ St. Louis Rams: This should be an interesting game, as should all games be in the NFL's toughest division. The Cards suffered a tough break (pardon the pun) when their top draft choice, OG Johnathan Cooper, suffered a broken leg, which will cost him most of this season. It should also be fun to watch the Cardinals' secondary perform, led by Patrick Peterson, and his buddy, "The Honey Badger", Tyrann Mathieu. As for the Rams, QB Sam Bradford must begin to emerge. Though I felt that Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher was foolish to use the 8th overall pick in the 2013 draft on miniscule WR Tavon Austin, it will be interesting to see how Fisher employs him...and how long the blazing fast Austin can remain healthy: PICK: Rams;

    13.) Green Bay Packers (+4.5) @ San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Rodgers is a great QB. But, even the great QBs must receive ample time to operate in the pocket, in order to be effective. With his starting LT, Brian Bulaga out for the year, rookie OT David Bakhtiari steps into the breach. Look for the 49ers to attack him at every turn: PICK: 49ers;

    14.) N.Y. Giants (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys: Tough game to call. But, as usual, it will be decided by turnovers. The Cowboys have yet to beat the G-men in their Taj Mahal new stadium. The Giants have OL issues, and have a worse problem at safety than do the Patriots. The Cowboys are still run by Jerry Jones. 'Nuff said. If Tony Romo can avoid the turnovers, the Cowboys should win. But, that's always a big if, in Big D: PICK: Giants;

    15.) Philadelphia Eagles (+3.5) @ Washington Redskins: Just a 3.5 point spread? Christmas comes early for the football wagerer, as RG III returns with a vengence: PICK: Redskins;

    16.) Houston Texans @ San Diego Chargers (+3.5): Another appetizing spread for the gambling connoisseur. PICK: Texans.

         Best Bets: Texans, Redskins, 49ers, Colts, Patriots, Bucs, Ravens.

         Thoughts?? Especially your take on the Pats' game. Remember, my picks are made taking into account the respective point spread. 

         Enjoy the season!     

          

          

     
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         At long last, the 2013 season is set to begin this coming Thursday night, when the World Champion Baltimore Ravens invade Denver, to face the dreaded Horseface. For the Patriots, this should be a challenging year, as the media will surely try to drag BB and our great football franchise into the AH abyss, throughout the season. I'll discuss the prospects of the 2013 Patriots in much greater detail, in my upcoming roster analysis thread. But for now, let's rejoice at the return of Pro Football, and focus on Week One...with the "Game of the week" being:

    1.) Baltimore Ravens (+8.5) @ Denver Broncos: To my knowledge, this is the first time that a SB champion has had to play their Thursday night opener on the road. The City of Baltimore and the Ravens have the Baltimore Orioles to thank for this, as the O's selfishly and inexplicably refused to switch around their schedule to accommodate their football playing "cousins". Much has been made of the personnel losses suffered by the Buzzards during the offseason. But remember, former Bronco Elvis Dumervil makes his return, and certainly will have vengence on his mind. Look for the Buzzards to be further motivated by the ridiculous 8.5 point spread against them. Denver has OL some issues, particularly at center. Their defense, without former MLB Joe Mayes, former DE Dumervil, new 'roids poster boy Von Miller, and with an ancient Champ Bailey, isn't what it once was: PICK: Ravens;

    2.) New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills (+10): Thanks primarily to the Wes Welker departure, the no love for Kyle Love issue, and, especially, the Aaron Hernandez shocker, the Patriots have had a mess of an offseason. Unfortunately, nothing was done to successfully fill their gaping hole at SS. With Kyle Love gone due to health issues, the Patriots are so thin at DT that they've have had to sift through other teams' cuts and the free agency scrap heap to add depth. Despite the cring needing to land a field stretching WR, unless 4th rounder Josh Boyce surprises, that hole still remains. But, BB is still sitting in the Admiral's seat strategizing, and Tom Brady is still at the helm, guiding the Battleship Patriots. This alone should be enough to once again stomp upon their weak AFC East foes. Yes, the Patriots still are Gronkless, but the Bills QB of the future, E.J. Manuel, is coming off a "minor" knee injury. More importantly, top flight CB Stephon Gilmore will likely miss the Bills first 6 games due to a wrist injury http://nfl.si.com/2013/08/26/stephon-gilmore-injury-buffalo-bills/, and star FS Jarius Byrd is reportedly battling the dreaded plantar fasciitis foot injury, and likely won't play: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/02/jairus-byrd-dealing-with-plantar-fasciitis/

         Look for Tom Terrific to have a field day against the injury depleted Bills' secondary, and for the Pats to have success running the ball against a less than stout Buffalo front seven. On "D", the Pats must contain RB C.J. Spiller, who will be highly motivated, though playing with a broken heart, this week: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/02/c-j-spiller-returns-to-bills/. PICK: Patriots;

    3.) Tennessee Titans (+7) @ Pittsburgh Steelers: The Titans aren't a bad team. But, they'll never be a good team until they find a franchise QB...and Jake Locker ain't it. Look for Big Ben and his fleet of speedy smurfs to light up the scoreboard against the Titans' "D". Keep an eye on rookie WR Markus Wheaton. If he stays healthy, he will eventually make Steeler fans forget about the departed Mike Wallace: PICK: Steelers;

    4.) Atlanta Falcons (+3) @ New Orleans Saints: I almost chose this as my "Game of the Week". Head coach Sean Payton returns to the gridiron in the Big Easy, so emotions will be high. Rob Ryan is Payton's new DC. But a monkey wrench was thrown into Ryan's plans to convert the Saints' "D" to an attacking 3-4, when DE/OLB Will Smith went down for the season with a knee injury. Nonetheless, QB Drew Brees makes the Saints formidable. Though the Falcons are defensively challenged, and look vunerable against the pass, their offense may be second to none. If he can stay healthy, RB Steve Jackson should make teams respect the Falcons' running game. Though it's only Game One for both teams, this is a huge, huge game for the Saints: PICK: Falcons;

    5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ N.Y. Jets (+3): The Geno Smith error officially begins. Expect at least three (3) Geno related turnovers in this one...as Darrelle Revis returns to action against his former team. Let the booing begin: PICK: Buccaneers;

    6.) Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5): Since waterboarding has been outlawed as a form of "torture", expect the creative guys in the CIA to find other ways of making terrorist prisoners talk...such as forcing them to watch this game in it's entirety: PICK: Jaguars;

    7.) Cincinnati Bengals (+3) @ Chicago Bears: On paper, the Bengals look like world beaters, especially on defense. But, I've never been impressed with head coach Marvin Lewis. I'm even less impressed with his QB, Andy Dalton. Plus, the Cincy OL may be a bit leaky at OT: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/26/andrew-hawkins-sheds-walking-boot-andrew-whitworth-without-a-timetable-for-return/

         As for the Bears, they're like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get. Chicago fired Lovie Smith to bring in offensive guru Marc Trestman from the CFL. They have also finally taken some positive steps to improve their OL. They have weapons at WR in Brandon Marshall, Allston Jeffery, and Devin Hester...and stud RBs in Matt Forte, and Michael Bush. But, Marshall has had hip problems. It's unknown just how effective he'll be: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/29/brandon-marshall-says-hell-play-week-one/. Still, with the changes the Bears have made to upgrade themselves offensively, Jay Cutler is out of excuses this season, and must produce: PICK: Bengals; 

    8.) Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns (PK): We'll see about whether the Browns' generally good play in the preseason was just a mirage. They appear to have a solid defense, though top pick Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) will likely not play in their opener. Still, their "D" is good enough to keep them in most games. Their offense is their question mark: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/27/brandon-weeden-no-reason-to-push-panic-button-on-offense/. Meanwhile, the 'Fins top draft pick, DE Dion Jordan, is having shoulder problems, and likely won't play: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/30/dion-jordan-if-dolphins-need-me-i-can-play/. This looks to be a relatively low scoring game, decided by FGs. Since Miami's kicking game is more solid and dependable then the Phil Dawson-less Browns: PICK: Dolphins;

    9.) Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers (+3): No team, perhaps save the 49ers, was more dominant and impressive in the preseason than the 'Hawks. But usually, that and a buck will buy you a cup of coffee. Not so, here. The Seahawks will pick up where they left off in the second half of last season: PICK: Seahawks;

    10.) Minnesota Vikings (+4.5) @ Detroit Lions: Judging by how the Lions manhandled the Patriots in the preseason, one would expect big things from them. But, the Vikings have a solid defense, and RB Adrian Peterson. Unfortunately, they also have Christian Ponder as their starting QB. Look for Matt Cassell to depose him before mid-season: PICK: Lions;

    11.) Oakland Raiders (+9.5) @ Indianapolis Colts: The Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes begins in earnest for the raiders of this lost ark, as they battle the Jets, Jaguars and Eagles in their journey to Never Land: PICK: Colts;

    12.) Arizona Cardinals (+5) @ St. Louis Rams: This should be an interesting game, as should all games be in the NFL's toughest division. The Cards suffered a tough break (pardon the pun) when their top draft choice, OG Johnathan Cooper, suffered a broken leg, which will cost him most of this season. It should also be fun to watch the Cardinals' secondary perform, led by Patrick Peterson, and his buddy, "The Honey Badger", Tyrann Mathieu. As for the Rams, QB Sam Bradford must begin to emerge. Though I felt that Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher was foolish to use the 8th overall pick in the 2013 draft on miniscule WR Tavon Austin, it will be interesting to see how Fisher employs him...and how long the blazing fast Austin can remain healthy: PICK: Rams;

    13.) Green Bay Packers (+4.5) @ San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Rodgers is a great QB. But, even the great QBs must receive ample time to operate in the pocket, in order to be effective. With his starting LT, Brian Bulaga out for the year, rookie OT David Bakhtiari steps into the breach. Look for the 49ers to attack him at every turn: PICK: 49ers;

    14.) N.Y. Giants (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys: Tough game to call. But, as usual, it will be decided by turnovers. The Cowboys have yet to beat the G-men in their Taj Mahal new stadium. The Giants have OL issues, and have a worse problem at safety than do the Patriots. The Cowboys are still run by Jerry Jones. 'Nuff said. If Tony Romo can avoid the turnovers, the Cowboys should win. But, that's always a big if, in Big D: PICK: Giants;

    15.) Philadelphia Eagles (+3.5) @ Washington Redskins: Just a 3.5 point spread? Christmas comes early for the football wagerer, as RG III returns with a vengence: PICK: Redskins;

    16.) Houston Texans @ San Diego Chargers (+3.5): Another appetizing spread for the gambling connoisseur. PICK: Texans.

         Best Bets: Texans, Redskins, 49ers, Colts, Patriots, Bucs, Ravens.

         Thoughts?? Especially your take on the Pats' game. Remember, my picks are made taking into account the respective point spread. 

         Enjoy the season!     

          

          

     



    great as usual TP...my favorite part of the season here is ur Weekly Picks and your Pats Report Card following the games (outside of my pleasure howling at Rusty's inanity)

     

    also agree about time the REAL stuff begins-now silliness and posts/threads made out of boredom will be about football on the field-can't come soon enough!

    some awesome match-ups week one: SF-GB  BALT-DEN  ATL-NO...big time stuff

    Cowpokes vs Gints u never quite know what to expect-i can see a high scoring affair and I will count on Gints D Line to step it up and get after Romo and hopefully the requesite Romo turnover in crunch time-gints have been hit hard by the injury bug on D 

     
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    Always a good read Texas Pat and thanks for taking the time to do it.

    By the spread I am differing with you on the following;

    I'm taking

    Tenn

    KC

    Carolina

    Dallas

     

    We agree on all others. You enjoy the season as well, it's the best of times!

     
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    Ravens? We'll see.

     
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    Ravens? We'll see.




    + POINTS

     
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    While I agree with you on how the game may play out... low scoring. Cleve is my upset pick of the week.

     
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    OK, here we go at it.

    Caution:  My numbers completely ignore preseason games this year.  I consider preseason to be a giant bologna factory full of fourth down defensive penalties, brilliant quarterbacks who aim for defensive players and famous runners who extend the football far away from their bodies when they are tackled. 

    These numbers are projections based on 2012 results.  They completely miss whether a team has a brand new coach still installing a brand new offense/defense, whether the new coach cleaned house, who left and who was signed.  Please add your own preseason figures into the numbers.  I don't expect to have my usual fearsome accuracy until about weeks 3 through 16.

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    bal   den    8.0   7.5   0.5
    kc   jac    6.1   3.5   2.6
    tb   nyj    0.0   -3.5   3.5
    oak   ind    10.6   9.0   1.6
    atl   no    1.3   3.5   -2.2
    min   det    -2.5   -4.5   2.0
    ten   pit    7.5   7.5   0.0
    mia   cle    -1.3   0.0   -1.3
    ne   buf    -8.9   -8.0   -0.9
    cin   chi    3.2   3.0   0.2
    sea   car    2.6   3.5   -0.9
    gb   sf    11.6   4.5   7.1
    az   stl    7.2   4.5   2.7
    nyg   dal    0.4   -3.0   3.4

    One game stands out, so I’ll go with it as a Game of the Week.  San Francisco and Green Bay both are pretty steady teams from last year to this year, and a 7.1-point discrepancy is about as good as it gets.  SF is a home field tiger.
    gb   sf    11.6   4.5   7.1

    Buffalo should be horrid this week all around.  Memo to Tom Brady, Buffalo’s star cornerback is out.  Worse, the new coach’s new defense may or may not be up to speed.  New England’s offense should be red hot with or without Gronkowski, based on Brady chopping other teams’ backfields apart in joint practices this summer.  Buffalo’s QB Tuel is actually pretty good for an undrafted free agent rookie who practiced with the third stringers during July and who has barely met Buffalo’s best receiver.  I’m sure that the new coach would love to install his patented hurry-up but under the circumstances right now, getting the ball from center and handing it off is a challenge.  New England’s defense as a whole seems to have gone sack crazy this summer.  As a rule I shy away from huge point spreads that lean in favor of the visitor during division rivalries, but this game could be murder one.
    ne   buf    -8.9   -8.0   -0.9

    The Jets’ offense should be horrid this week, so ignore that 2012 3.5-point discrepancy for the Jets.  The Jets’ defense should be all right despite the circus being in town.  No call. 
    tb   nyj    0.0   -3.5   3.5

    Dallas isn’t enough of a leaner against the Jints.  Meh.  Perhaps the discrpancies will get better in week 2.
    nyg   dal    0.4   -3.0   3.4


    Ranking rerun:  At least for preseason, I’m comparing my own all-numeric power rankings with Joe Fortenbaugh’s power rankings. 
    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFP-preseason-power-rankings.html
    My rankings are based solely on 2013 football game results.  Mr. Fortenbaugh is allowed to look at coaching and player changes since the end of the 2012 season.  I’ll try to note Mr. Fortenbaugh"s record of these changes, especially when his results differ considerably from mine.
    Both of us use our numeric rankings as a baseline to determine the point spread between any two teams on the list, with factors such as home field, bye weeks and so on factored in.  As many of you remember, my rankings and point spread numbers tend to get seriously accurate between week 3 and week 16 of each season, as good as you'll see anywhere in the world, and free to you.  This is my fifth season of all-numeric prediction.  Joe isn't exactly chopped liver himself.
    My rank / team / my power rating / Mr. Fortenbaugh’s power rating / Mr. Fortenbaugh's rank
    1    sea    13.5    88    3
    2    ne    13.1    85.5    7
    Fortenbaugh:  The losses of pass-catchers Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez, the absence of a vertical threat on the outside and the injury concerns surrounding Rob Gronkowski are all reasons to dismiss the Patriots in 2013. As is the fact that the defense ranked 25th in the league in 2012.
    Me:  An entirely new pass-catching unit seems to have materialized out of nowhere.  Philadelphia’s defense was being completely shredded in two practices, and not for lack of effort.  The vertical threat has suddenly appeared and it’s not just one player.  An ace tight end suddenly appeared.  Don’t ever look at the Patriots’ defensive yardage and smirk -- Bill Belichick has a perfectly legitimate defensive philosophy that gives up not too many points and that generates large numbers of interceptions.  Joe, you're toast here.
     3    sf    12.6    88.5    2
    4    den    11.7    89    1
    Me: I expect Manning to continue to go downhill.  Denver gets my “old” moniker.
    5    gb    11.2    87    5
    6    bal    10.5    82.5    12
    Fortenbaugh:  Players don’t work as hard during the offseason following a Super Bowl win, complacency sets in and before you know it, somebody else is hoisting your trophy. The Ravens will be tough in 2013, but won’t be a serious threat to repeat at any point.
    Me:  I’m with Fortenbaugh!  Plus, Baltimore is way old and that spells trouble in December as the grandpas get injured.  I have a theory that teams who outperform themselves in the playoffs will revert to their regular season form next regular season, and this team finished their season on a 1-4 bender.
    7    atl    10.3    86.5    6
    8    nyg    10.1    83.5    10
    9    min    10.0    78.5    26
    Fortenbaugh:  one of our top-2 teams headed for a regression in 2013.
    Me:  Why?  Your say-so?  They were a pretty tough team in 2012. I'll listen to sound reasons.
    10    car    9.8    79.5    21
    Fortenbaugh:  It’s the Panthers, not the Buccaneers, who should be considered the dark horse to win the NFC South this season, after the team won five of their final six games in 2012 when they had every reason to throw in the towel.
    Me:  My numbers reflect those wins.  So if you want to make them the dark horse, why are they #21 in your rankings?
    11    chi    9.8    81    16
    Fortenbaugh:  under new head coach Marc Trestman,
    Me:  Given the coaching change, #16 is reasonable.
    12    was    9.5    82.5    13
    13    hou    9.1    86    6
    Fortenbaugh:  But the organization will need to take its game to a new level and avoid another late-season meltdown in order to make that possibility a reality.
    Me:  Did you see how this team melted away against Indy?  Against other teams too?  I’m sticking with #13.
    14    cin    9.0    83    11
    15    stl    8.7    80    20
    Fortenbaugh:  Could be on the rise in a hurry under head coach Jeff Fisher,
    Me:  Already has been on the rise, Joe, already was there last year.  All that St. Louis really lacks is a public reputation in Vegas.
    16    mia    8.1    80    19
    17    dal    8.0    82    14
    18    no    7.9    84    9
    Fortenbaugh:  It would take one hell of an effort out of Rob Ryan for this defense to play worse then it did in 2012.  Improvements on that side of the football coupled with the return of head coach Sean Payton should see the Who Dats return to form this season.
    Me:  I’ll grant some argument that N’orleans will play better this year.  However, there’s always a possibility that the loss of a first round pick is an impediment only in the second year and that the coach got his ears permanently clipped by the commish.
    19    pit    7.7    84    8
    Fortenbaugh:  The Steelers ranked first in the league in total defense last season,
    Me:  Then why couldn’t they rank first in point differential?  Offense wins championships too.  For starters, where is Pittsburgh’s all-star quarterback?  Is Joe’s rating partly based on Pittsburgh’s excellent front office which manufactures good players from nowhere each year?
    20    sd    7.6    78.5    24
    21    tb    7.0    79    22
    22    ind    6.5    81.5    15
    Fortenbaugh:  Too low? Well then consider the fact that last year Indianapolis became the first team in NFL history to win 11 or more games during the regular season while being outscored by its opposition. In addition, the Colts posted negative numbers in both the sack differential (-9) and turnover differential (-12) departments last year. That’s unheard of and, in our opinion, signals that a regression is on the horizon for 2013.
    Me:  This team played so many fuzzy bunnies last year it got a tickle fit.  I think that Fortenbaugh caved into the Indy optimists a bit so that he’s still too high.  On the other hand, Indy is a young team and they'll grow a bit this year.
    23    az    6.2    76.5    28
    Fortenbaugh:  Yes, Carson Palmer is an upgrade over everything else that Arizona has thrown under center over the last few years, but the guy will turn 34-years-old in December, completely flamed out in Oakland and is playing behind an offensive line that will likely be destroyed by San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis.
    Me:  Sounds logical.  #28 it is.
    24    det    6.2    81    17
    Fortenbaugh:  Was the team’s 2011 playoff run the anomaly or was it last season’s 4-12 clunker? We side with the latter and believe that the Lions’ front four will pave the way for a return to the happy side of a .500 record in 2013.
    Me:  NFL stands for Not For Long, and if Detroit didn’t have their mojo in 2012 they won’t magically go back to 2011.  I'll stand by my 6-10 prediction.
    25    cle    5.9    77    27
    26    buf    5.9    76    29
    27    nyj    5.1    76    30
    Me:  who says that my numbers aren’t ever kind to Rex Ryan?  Well, just a bit kind.
    28    phi    4.3    79    23
    Fortenbaugh:  The Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia is off to a less then glamorous start. This team could win 11 games or they could flame out and win only four.
    Me:  New coach with radically new offensive philosophy meets old players with old skills and old conditioning level.  At least this year, go with the four, or even less.  Andy Reid wasn’t that horrid a coach last year.
    29    ten    4.3    78.5    25
    30    oak    2.8    75    32
    31    jac    1.8    75.5    31
    32    kc    1.4    80.5    18
    Fortenbaugh:  The switch at quarterback from Matt Cassel to Alex Smith should cut down Kansas City’s sack and turnover numbers, while the transition from Romeo Crennel to Andy Reid gives the Chiefs a much-improved position from a tactical standpoint.
    Me:  Can’t have it both ways department: jumping from Philly to KC, Fortenbaugh is running the very same Andy Reid up to the heavens and I’m running Reid down.  It’s a new coach and a new quarterback getting installed, which is inherently bad for production across the NFL.  Plus, KC probably has most of the same old porous team that it had last year.  Did they fire last year’s bozos this spring and start with brand new bozos, or did they keep the old ones?  Same difference.

     
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    While I agree with you on how the game may play out... low scoring. Cleve is my upset pick of the week.



         Won't be an "upset". Neither team is favored. It's a pick 'em game.

     

     
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    While I agree with you on how the game may play out... low scoring. Cleve is my upset pick of the week.

     



         Won't be an "upset". Neither team is favored. It's a pick 'em game.

     

     




    How can that be... Espn has the Fins winning the division. LOL   Not that it matters but the opening Vegas line was Mia -1 the line has actually flipped and cleve is now -1.

     
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    While I agree with you on how the game may play out... low scoring. Cleve is my upset pick of the week.

     



         Won't be an "upset". Neither team is favored. It's a pick 'em game.

     

     

     




     

    How can that be... Espn has the Fins winning the division. LOL   Not that it matters but the opening Vegas line was Mia -1 the line has actually flipped and cleve is now -1.



         Yesterday it was a pick 'em game.

     

     

     
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    Good work TP! Much appreciated as I get to see who is playing now. (I usually dont look at schedule till sunday) 

    I cant even think about picking games yet as I have to see week 1 first, but I look forward to your report cards this year if you still have the energy to do it. I know you had expressed some writers block in the past...lol. Should be a very fun opening week. I just realized we have a short week and a thursday nighter. Lets hope we get up early on Buffalo and can rest some players...

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    Good work TP! Much appreciated as I get to see who is playing now. (I usually dont look at schedule till sunday) 

    I cant even think about picking games yet as I have to see week 1 first, but I look forward to your report cards this year if you still have the energy to do it. I know you had expressed some writers block in the past...lol. Should be a very fun opening week. I just realized we have a short week and a thursday nighter. Lets hope we get up early on Buffalo and can rest some players...

    "Take care of my B*tch, I may need her back in a couple years"

    Brady to Manning after Wes signed with Denver



         If the Pats can't win their first two games this season, against the wounded Bills and the awful Jests, there's trouble ahead in 2013.

     
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    Good write up, TP.  Are you going to be doing this all season?  I believe last year you stopped mid way through.  I was also picking against the spread and comparing our picks/records but then you stopped.

     

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    Good work TP! Much appreciated as I get to see who is playing now. (I usually dont look at schedule till sunday) 

    I cant even think about picking games yet as I have to see week 1 first, but I look forward to your report cards this year if you still have the energy to do it. I know you had expressed some writers block in the past...lol. Should be a very fun opening week. I just realized we have a short week and a thursday nighter. Lets hope we get up early on Buffalo and can rest some players...

    "Take care of my B*tch, I may need her back in a couple years"

    Brady to Manning after Wes signed with Denver

     

     



         If the Pats can't win their first two games this season, against the wounded Bills and the awful Jests, there's trouble ahead in 2013.

     

     

     



    I know right. I mean it is not like the pats typically do play or want to be playing thier best football after thanksgiving or something. Especially if still relatively healthy. Why bother to practice and try to improve at all during a season. It only matters what you do in week 1 and 2.

    I wasn't following along last year unfortunatley but if what TFB12 said above is true is that why you stopped doing the picks part way through? ...because you had a rough start to the season and then quit?

     
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    Good write up, TP.  Are you going to be doing this all season?  I believe last year you stopped mid way through.  I was also picking against the spread and comparing our picks/records but then you stopped.

     



         Work commitments were the reason that I had to take a break last year. But, prior to that, I was having an awful year picking games against the spread. So...you most likely picked better than I had, to that point.

     
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    Thanks to both Tex and Paul_K for the time spent on the write-ups.

     
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    Thanks to both Tex and Paul_K for the time spent on the write-ups.

    You're welcome!

     
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    Thanks to both Tex and Paul_K for the time spent on the write-ups.



    Thanks! Let's hope that BB comes up with answers to shore up the Pats' weak pass defense this season.

     
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    yeah good stuff guys! This is what I enjoy reading. Glad football is back so those inanae threads can disappear!


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    Not a lot to argue with. But I am one who thinks that St L will be a playoff contender this year. I also think KC will make some real strides.

    And I think all this talk outside of Boston about how the Pats are a shell of their former selves is going to look pretty stupid.

    Like so many others I am unsure about the Ravens. I do not expect their D to be bad. I do expect it will look totally different. I expect them to have a good pass rush and that helps so much in this league. I think they should be worried about have given away Bolden and then having injuries to Pitta. Flacco will not look as good as last year. BUT - he will still look fine going deep with the people he has. Plus Rice. It is just hard to give up 10 points on the spread.

    Bengals should be solid. Houston might be dangerous to us come end of season if their rookie WR really develops. But it still looks to me like Pats, if healthy, are best in conf, with Denver next - also if healthy.

     
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         At long last, the 2013 season is set to begin this coming Thursday night, when the World Champion Baltimore Ravens invade Denver, to face the dreaded Horseface. For the Patriots, this should be a challenging year, as the media will surely try to drag BB and our great football franchise into the AH abyss, throughout the season. I'll discuss the prospects of the 2013 Patriots in much greater detail, in my upcoming roster analysis thread. But for now, let's rejoice at the return of Pro Football, and focus on Week One...with the "Game of the week" being:

    1.) Baltimore Ravens (+8.5) @ Denver Broncos: To my knowledge, this is the first time that a SB champion has had to play their Thursday night opener on the road. The City of Baltimore and the Ravens have the Baltimore Orioles to thank for this, as the O's selfishly and inexplicably refused to switch around their schedule to accommodate their football playing "cousins". Much has been made of the personnel losses suffered by the Buzzards during the offseason. But remember, former Bronco Elvis Dumervil makes his return, and certainly will have vengence on his mind. Look for the Buzzards to be further motivated by the ridiculous 8.5 point spread against them. Denver has OL some issues, particularly at center. Their defense, without former MLB Joe Mayes, former DE Dumervil, new 'roids poster boy Von Miller, and with an ancient Champ Bailey, isn't what it once was: PICK: Ravens;

    2.) New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills (+10): Thanks primarily to the Wes Welker departure, the no love for Kyle Love issue, and, especially, the Aaron Hernandez shocker, the Patriots have had a mess of an offseason. Unfortunately, nothing was done to successfully fill their gaping hole at SS. With Kyle Love gone due to health issues, the Patriots are so thin at DT that they've have had to sift through other teams' cuts and the free agency scrap heap to add depth. Despite the cring needing to land a field stretching WR, unless 4th rounder Josh Boyce surprises, that hole still remains. But, BB is still sitting in the Admiral's seat strategizing, and Tom Brady is still at the helm, guiding the Battleship Patriots. This alone should be enough to once again stomp upon their weak AFC East foes. Yes, the Patriots still are Gronkless, but the Bills QB of the future, E.J. Manuel, is coming off a "minor" knee injury. More importantly, top flight CB Stephon Gilmore will likely miss the Bills first 6 games due to a wrist injury http://nfl.si.com/2013/08/26/stephon-gilmore-injury-buffalo-bills/, and star FS Jarius Byrd is reportedly battling the dreaded plantar fasciitis foot injury, and likely won't play: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/02/jairus-byrd-dealing-with-plantar-fasciitis/

         Look for Tom Terrific to have a field day against the injury depleted Bills' secondary, and for the Pats to have success running the ball against a less than stout Buffalo front seven. On "D", the Pats must contain RB C.J. Spiller, who will be highly motivated, though playing with a broken heart, this week: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/02/c-j-spiller-returns-to-bills/. PICK: Patriots;

    3.) Tennessee Titans (+7) @ Pittsburgh Steelers: The Titans aren't a bad team. But, they'll never be a good team until they find a franchise QB...and Jake Locker ain't it. Look for Big Ben and his fleet of speedy smurfs to light up the scoreboard against the Titans' "D". Keep an eye on rookie WR Markus Wheaton. If he stays healthy, he will eventually make Steeler fans forget about the departed Mike Wallace: PICK: Steelers;

    4.) Atlanta Falcons (+3) @ New Orleans Saints: I almost chose this as my "Game of the Week". Head coach Sean Payton returns to the gridiron in the Big Easy, so emotions will be high. Rob Ryan is Payton's new DC. But a monkey wrench was thrown into Ryan's plans to convert the Saints' "D" to an attacking 3-4, when DE/OLB Will Smith went down for the season with a knee injury. Nonetheless, QB Drew Brees makes the Saints formidable. Though the Falcons are defensively challenged, and look vunerable against the pass, their offense may be second to none. If he can stay healthy, RB Steve Jackson should make teams respect the Falcons' running game. Though it's only Game One for both teams, this is a huge, huge game for the Saints: PICK: Falcons;

    5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ N.Y. Jets (+3): The Geno Smith error officially begins. Expect at least three (3) Geno related turnovers in this one...as Darrelle Revis returns to action against his former team. Let the booing begin: PICK: Buccaneers;

    6.) Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5): Since waterboarding has been outlawed as a form of "torture", expect the creative guys in the CIA to find other ways of making terrorist prisoners talk...such as forcing them to watch this game in it's entirety: PICK: Jaguars;

    7.) Cincinnati Bengals (+3) @ Chicago Bears: On paper, the Bengals look like world beaters, especially on defense. But, I've never been impressed with head coach Marvin Lewis. I'm even less impressed with his QB, Andy Dalton. Plus, the Cincy OL may be a bit leaky at OT: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/26/andrew-hawkins-sheds-walking-boot-andrew-whitworth-without-a-timetable-for-return/

         As for the Bears, they're like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get. Chicago fired Lovie Smith to bring in offensive guru Marc Trestman from the CFL. They have also finally taken some positive steps to improve their OL. They have weapons at WR in Brandon Marshall, Allston Jeffery, and Devin Hester...and stud RBs in Matt Forte, and Michael Bush. But, Marshall has had hip problems. It's unknown just how effective he'll be: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/29/brandon-marshall-says-hell-play-week-one/. Still, with the changes the Bears have made to upgrade themselves offensively, Jay Cutler is out of excuses this season, and must produce: PICK: Bengals; 

    8.) Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns (PK): We'll see about whether the Browns' generally good play in the preseason was just a mirage. They appear to have a solid defense, though top pick Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) will likely not play in their opener. Still, their "D" is good enough to keep them in most games. Their offense is their question mark: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/27/brandon-weeden-no-reason-to-push-panic-button-on-offense/. Meanwhile, the 'Fins top draft pick, DE Dion Jordan, is having shoulder problems, and likely won't play: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/30/dion-jordan-if-dolphins-need-me-i-can-play/. This looks to be a relatively low scoring game, decided by FGs. Since Miami's kicking game is more solid and dependable then the Phil Dawson-less Browns: PICK: Dolphins;

    9.) Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers (+3): No team, perhaps save the 49ers, was more dominant and impressive in the preseason than the 'Hawks. But usually, that and a buck will buy you a cup of coffee. Not so, here. The Seahawks will pick up where they left off in the second half of last season: PICK: Seahawks;

    10.) Minnesota Vikings (+4.5) @ Detroit Lions: Judging by how the Lions manhandled the Patriots in the preseason, one would expect big things from them. But, the Vikings have a solid defense, and RB Adrian Peterson. Unfortunately, they also have Christian Ponder as their starting QB. Look for Matt Cassell to depose him before mid-season: PICK: Lions;

    11.) Oakland Raiders (+9.5) @ Indianapolis Colts: The Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes begins in earnest for the raiders of this lost ark, as they battle the Jets, Jaguars and Eagles in their journey to Never Land: PICK: Colts;

    12.) Arizona Cardinals (+5) @ St. Louis Rams: This should be an interesting game, as should all games be in the NFL's toughest division. The Cards suffered a tough break (pardon the pun) when their top draft choice, OG Johnathan Cooper, suffered a broken leg, which will cost him most of this season. It should also be fun to watch the Cardinals' secondary perform, led by Patrick Peterson, and his buddy, "The Honey Badger", Tyrann Mathieu. As for the Rams, QB Sam Bradford must begin to emerge. Though I felt that Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher was foolish to use the 8th overall pick in the 2013 draft on miniscule WR Tavon Austin, it will be interesting to see how Fisher employs him...and how long the blazing fast Austin can remain healthy: PICK: Rams;

    13.) Green Bay Packers (+4.5) @ San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Rodgers is a great QB. But, even the great QBs must receive ample time to operate in the pocket, in order to be effective. With his starting LT, Brian Bulaga out for the year, rookie OT David Bakhtiari steps into the breach. Look for the 49ers to attack him at every turn: PICK: 49ers;

    14.) N.Y. Giants (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys: Tough game to call. But, as usual, it will be decided by turnovers. The Cowboys have yet to beat the G-men in their Taj Mahal new stadium. The Giants have OL issues, and have a worse problem at safety than do the Patriots. The Cowboys are still run by Jerry Jones. 'Nuff said. If Tony Romo can avoid the turnovers, the Cowboys should win. But, that's always a big if, in Big D: PICK: Giants;

    15.) Philadelphia Eagles (+3.5) @ Washington Redskins: Just a 3.5 point spread? Christmas comes early for the football wagerer, as RG III returns with a vengence: PICK: Redskins;

    16.) Houston Texans @ San Diego Chargers (+3.5): Another appetizing spread for the gambling connoisseur. PICK: Texans.

         Best Bets: Texans, Redskins, 49ers, Colts, Patriots, Bucs, Ravens.

         Thoughts?? Especially your take on the Pats' game. Remember, my picks are made taking into account the respective point spread. 

         Enjoy the season!     

          

          

     



    great as usual TP...my favorite part of the season here is ur Weekly Picks and your Pats Report Card following the games (outside of my pleasure howling at Rusty's inanity)

     

    also agree about time the REAL stuff begins-now silliness and posts/threads made out of boredom will be about football on the field-can't come soon enough!

    some awesome match-ups week one: SF-GB  BALT-DEN  ATL-NO...big time stuff

    Cowpokes vs Gints u never quite know what to expect-i can see a high scoring affair and I will count on Gints D Line to step it up and get after Romo and hopefully the requesite Romo turnover in crunch time-gints have been hit hard by the injury bug on D 



    Welcome back Tex. 

    I agree withmost of the picks. I think the Cowboys beat NY, so obviously, not taking the Gints with 3. I also think KC pulls out an opening day win against the JAGS. 

     
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    Welcome back Tex. 

    I agree withmost of the picks. I think the Cowboys beat NY, so obviously, not taking the Gints with 3. I also think KC pulls out an opening day win against the JAGS. 



         Thanks, Z.

         What do you think about the Saints chances this season? I'm concerned about the scheduled match-up with them in Foxborough, this year. Drew Brees seems to have the Pats' number.

     

     
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     great as usual TP...my favorite part of the season here is ur Weekly Picks and your Pats Report Card following the games (outside of my pleasure howling at Rusty's inanity)

    some awesome match-ups week one: SF-GB  BALT-DEN  ATL-NO...big time stuff

    Cowpokes vs Gints u never quite know what to expect-i can see a high scoring affair and I will count on Gints D Line to step it up and get after Romo and hopefully the requesite Romo turnover in crunch time-gints have been hit hard by the injury bug on D 



         Thanks, Jints.

         Giants @ Cowboys tough to call. Both teams have been wildly inconsistment, dating back to last year. But, Eli Manning, if given time to throw, is one of the top QBs in the game. The team that wins will likely be the one that is the most successful at rushing the opposing QB.

         Also, I like the photo change. As you know, I too hold Bill Parcells in very high esteem. Though finally a Hall of Famer, he's still vasty underrated. In my opinion, he's somewhere in the top 6 of great coaches...with Vince Lombardi, BB, Don Shula, George Hallas, and Tom Landry.    

     

     

     

     
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         CB Champ Bailey will miss the Ravens' game, as he is still recovering from a foot injury. The Broncos have reportedly kept eleven (11) DBs on their 53 man roster: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/04/report-champ-bailey-wont-play-on-thursday-night/

     
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         Here's an interesting break down on how the Pats and Bills match up: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/football/patriots/christopher-price/2013/09/04/one-scouts-breakdown-patriots-bills-new

     
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