It's been awhile since I've written something, and of course it's been another crazy offseason indeed.
T.O. has moved up north, Cutler is in Chicago, and Favre finally retired, or not.
Week 1 is always the hardest to pick. These picks may be absurd, or darn right idiotic. But someone has to do it. It might as well be me.
However, the anticapation has risen and it's time for some football!
Here's a great matchup that nobody would have even cared about last season. But oddly enough, both teams made the playoffs. Favre coming to New York worked out the best for the 'Fins. Matt Ryan made Falcon fans forget all about Vick.
I expect a more experienced Matt Ryan to put up good numbers in week 1. Run it a few times with Turner and throw it to Roddy White;the Falcons shouldn't have a problem with the Dolphins. The Dolphins' wildcat offense, not so wild this week.
Falcons 24 Dolphins 17
Fantasy Impact-Roddy White
Ravens defense will make anyone wet their bed. The Chiefs are nothing but a bunch of bed wetters. Ravens will win big. But not too fast. Matt Cassel may not be all that he is made out to be, but he's no joke. Dwayne Bowe is no joke of a receiver either.
Fortunately, the Ravens do have a solid runningback in Ray Rice. Give him the ball, the Ravens win. A lot closer than one would expect.
Ravens 16 Chiefs 14
Fantasy Impact-Ray Rice
If the Vikings are smart, they will run the ball. The Browns are a team with potential, and could surprise.
I'll be straight up honest with you. I have a huge mancrush on Brett Favre. The Vikings are a good team. The Browns are mediocre at best.
This is wear people will get me banned off this website.
However, every opening week you'll have one of those kind of games that make you wonder how that happened. This is the game. You have to go with the gut sometimes. You have to remember the Vikings coming close to losing twice last season to the Lions. I still love you Brett. Should I do it? I'm going to regret this.
Browns 21 Vikings 20
Fantasy Impact-My stupidity
Cutler is gone, Marshall is dumb, and Denver is not off to a good start already.
Palmer is healthy, Ochocinco has behaved, nobody is in jail, and the Bengals could return to it's old form from a couple years back.
So it's easy.
Bengals 35 Broncos 13
Fantasy Impact-Carson Palmer
Both teams don't have any glaring weakness. Many experts have the Eagles representing the NFC in the Superbowl. The Panthers aren't a team to shy away from either. Panthers have two very talented runningbacks, one of the best receivers in the league, a solid quarterback, and a great defense.
Eagles aren't much different either. But the Panthers are home, which gives them a slight advantage.
Panthers 17 Eagles 14
Fantasy Impact- Deangelo Williams
It will be vital for the Texans to throw the ball well in this week 1 matchup. This shouldn't be a problem via Andre Johnson. But it's not like they can't run it either with Steve Slaton in the backfield.
Jets' rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez will get his chance to prove he's the man. But the Texans could be the surprise team this year, and the Jets don't have the leadership they need at the quarterback position. Not a good start for the rookie.
Texans 31 Jets 14
Fantasy Impact-Steve Slaton
Lions @ Saints
I'm going to be brutally honest. The Lions suck. They can't be any worse this season though. If Stafford can prove himself as legitamite franchise quarterback, the Lions may not be all that bad. They do have the best receiver in football in Calvin Johnson. So fortuanately, I see some upside to the franchise. Especially now that Matt Millen has gotten the boot.
Drew Brees is a monster, but otherwise, they're not all that great. If the Saints actually had a defense that could play, this team would scare me. They don't though.
Believe it or not, I'm hesitant to pick the Saints so quickly. But I'm putting stupidity aside this time.
Saints 41 Lions 21
Fantasy Impact-Drew Brees
Cowboys @ Bucaneers
T.O. is gone for the 'Boys. Could be good. But I don't think so. The Cowboys are extremely overrated, and I believe a losing season is ahead of them.
The Bucs aren't too much better though.
But if the Cowboys can exploit their dangerous rushing attack, watch out.
Cowboys 24 Bucaneers 7
Fantasy Impact-Marion Barber
Now that Fred Taylor is gone, this could be a tremendous season for Maurice Jones-Drew. However, I don't think the Jaguars are any better because of it.
The Colts on the other hand have been slowly dissapating over the last couple seasons. The running game isn't there and they can't stop it either. They do have a great leader in Peyton Manning, but he can't do it on his own.
To win games you have to run the ball effectively and stop the run as well. Jaguars can do both.
Jaguars 27 Colts 17
Fantasy Impact-Maurice Jones-Drew
Not many people would have guessed the Cardinals would have represented the NFC in the Superbowl last season.
Not many people would guess that the 49ers will make the playoffs this season. Well, I thinks so. They're passing game isn't the greatest, but it has improved. Frank Gore is a beast, the defense is much improved and the attitude of the organization is much improved as well.
Mike Singletary is a scary guy, but a darn good coach.
Let's not forget the Cardinals however. They still have the greatest passing attack in the league. I just don't quite see them being the team they were last year. Larry Fitzgerald is a monster of a receiver, but he is way over hyped.
49ers 24 Cardinals 14
Fantasy Impact-Frank Gore
Yuck! I think I'll pass on watching this game.
But what ever happened to the Rams' offense? Steven Jackson is not Steven Jackson anymore, and Bulger isn't Bulger.
Can we just call this one a draw?
Seahawks 13 Rams 10
Fantasy Impact-TJ Houshmanzadeh
Redskins are basically a bunch of overpaid has beens.
The Giants are a legitimately good team. Without Plaxico split out at receiver, the Giants do need to find the "guy". Let's just hope Eli's contract will pay off. With a great defense and big ol' Brandon Jacobs carrying the load; the Giants are contenders no doubtedly.
Giants 17 Redskins 7
Fantasy Impact-Brandon Jacobs
Game of The Week
Bears @ Packers
The oldest rivalry in football is kicking off the regular season on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. It doesn't get much better than that.
A lot of people are talking about the Vikings being big contenders in the NFC this year. The Bears and the Packers aren't that far behind. If behind at all.
The Bears may have found their franchise quarterback. Who would have ever thunk? They'll always have a good defense, but not to mention they have have Forte in the backfield. If Hester can play up to his ability, the Bears are looking quite good.
On the Packers side no big acquisitions this year. Even though coach Dom Capers may be the best pickup by any team during the offseason. The Packers starting core have looked unbeatable this preseaon. Offense appears to even better than last season, only punting once during the preseason. The defense has shown a ridiculous amount of improvement going to the 3-4 defense. They've made the transition look easy.
But Preseason is preseason of course. The Lions did go undefeated in last year's preseason. Look how that turned out for them.
Putting everything aside, this will be an excellent matchup.
Aaron Rodgers is now the man.
Packers 28 Bears 24
Fantasy Impact-Greg Jennings
Tom Brady is back. What more can I say?
Patriots 35 Bills 28
Fantasy Impact-Randy Moss
The Raiders have been the laughing stock of league for what seems to be an eternity now. They do have a talented defense, and some upside on the offense though. So it's not too far away that the Raiders could be a decent team.
In the Chargers case, they have had very talented players on both sides of the ball. Great skill positions players are what is key to the Chargers. However, the Chargers have not lived up to their potential by no means. With Merriman out again, this time for being stupid, the defense could struggle again.
What I'm trying to say is; if the Raiders can run the ball effectively with their talented runningback core and make few, or no mistakes on the offensive side of the ball, the Raiders will put up a fighting chance. Call me crazy. I don't care.
Raiders 21 Chargers 14
Fantasy Impact-Darren McFadden
Well that's it for week 1! I'll be back next week!