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Week 1 prediction roundup

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  September 10, 2010 09:13 AM

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So, Tom Brady is here to stay. Good for him.

That means not only the potential for another Super Bowl ring or two, but another handful of embarrassing media displays like the one we witnessed yesterday.

The Brady car crash will go down as one of the worst mishandlings of new media in this town's recent memory. In the rush to get the story first - never mind right, because that's secondary these days - initial reports said that Brady has been transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital. Another ran the headline stating Brady had been "injured." One reporter claimed that Brady had someone else in the car with him. Later in the afternoon, WHDH had a helicopter hovering over Patriots practice.

It was all absurd. Beyond absurd.

In the San Francisco area today, residents are sharing cellphone images and video of the horrific explosion that leveled San Bruno. In Boston, we breathlessly send in shots of a disheveled Brady outside his car. On a related note, God forbid anything like that happen in Boston, where the media apparently can't be trusted to actually bring you the truth.

But someone will get it to you first. That's all that matters.

Who they're picking

Our roundup of picks for this week's Bengals-Patriots game:

Globe staff: Three out of five go with the Patriots (4 ).

Peter King, Sports Illustrated: Bengals 27, Patriots 20. "I'm not even sure I'd call this an upset. Without Leigh Bodden in the secondary, New England goes with a very young Big East alumni corner tandem -- rookie Devin McCourty (Rutgers) and second-year man Darius Butler (UConn) are likely to start -- and Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens should have some schooling in store for them."

ESPN.com staff: Six of 10 go with the Patriots.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Patriots 27, Bengals 26. "This is a great game to start the season. Both teams have the playoff look and both should be in the playoffs, which is why this is a fun game to start. The Patriots have defensive issues, while the Bengals should have one of the NFL's best defenses. Carson Palmer will be much better this season throwing it. The fun battle here will be between New England's pass offense and those Cincinnati corners. In the end, I'll take the home team. But it will be close."

CBS Sports staff: Three out of five go with the Pats.

Vinne Iyer, Sporting News: Patriots 23, Bengals 20. "The Bengals won the division last year with defense and running game, but their newfound passing pop still falls short of what Tom Brady brings. That means Randy Moss getting the better of T.Ochocinco."

Peter Schrager, Foxsports.com: Patriots 27, Bengals 24. "Lots of hype around 'Batman and Robin' out in Cincinnati this summer. There are even T-shirts of the dynamic duo being sold online. But the two Bengals receiving targets I'm most excited about aren't Batman or Robin, but rather, the Big 12 rookies -  Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham. Look for all four players Ochocinco, T.O., Ship, and Gresh? to have big days against an inexperienced Patriots secondary. In the end, though, Brady and Welker get the last laugh."

USA Today staff: Six out of nine pick New England.

Pete O?Brien, USA Today: Patriots 27, Bengals 20.

Greg Cote, Miami Herald: Patriots 24, Bengals 17. "Tom Brady, already with contract issues a distraction, wrecked his car Thursday morning. (I heard Giselle rescued him by smashing the rear window with a golf club). Play it safe with Pats, who are 6-0 in openers at Gillette Stadium."

Yahoo! sports staff: New England across the board.

We like: Patriots 35, Bengals 30 The first of many shootouts this season.

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Eric Wilbur is a Boston.com sports columnist who is still in awe of what Dana Kiecker pulled off that one time in Toronto. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. Comments and suggestions for the best Buffalo wing spots are encouraged.

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