Out of Bounds: NFL Week 1
NFL continues their Kickoff 2009 celebration with a slew of games lined up for this weekend. We’ve gotten through the first game of the season and what a game it was. Overtime suckas. It was solid defensive game for both teams. Although many people thought it was a boring game, the defenses we saw on Thursday Night are the type of defenses that win championships. If Steelers and Titans continue to play defense as they did on Thursday night, we just may see them playing in January.
Speaking of January football, for the first time in the history of Out of Bounds, Rowdy-damus will give his predictions for the playoffs. However, before we get into that, let’s look at the picks for the rest of the Week 01 match-ups.
Sunday, 09/13/09, 1pm
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) vs. Indianapolis Colts (0-0)
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
My Pick: Colts
Detroit Lions (0-0) vs. New Orleans Saints (0-0)
Superdome, New Orleans, LA
My Pick: Saints
Dallas Cowboys (0-0) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
My Pick: Cowboys
Philadelphia Eagles (0-0) vs. Carolina Panthers (0-0)
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
My Pick: Eagles
Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) vs. Baltimore Ravens (0-0)
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
My Pick: Ravens
New York Jets (0-0) vs. Houston Texans (0-0)
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
My Pick: Jets
Out of Bounds Game of the Week:
Miami Dolphins (0-0) vs. Atlanta Falcons (0-0)
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
My Pick: Falcons
As I mention in Thursday’s write-up, both of these teams turned their seasons around last year with playoff berths. Can they keep the magic going? We’ll have to wait and see. However, in my eyes, I think this is the most competitive game this weekend.
Both teams have very explosive offenses and their defenses are even keel. The Dolphins were able to adopt the Wildcat offense with much success while the Falcons use a good mix of run and pass to turn their season around last year. In addition, both teams came into last season with a new attitude and new sense of directing with the hiring of new personnel for each team. So why go with the Falcons in this game?
I believe that the Falcons have better offense in this game because of their mix of run and pass. Teams will eventually catch on to the Wildcat offense and be able to snuff it out before it even gets the chance to progress on the field. Also with Matt Ryan emerging into a solid quarterback, Michael “Burner” Turner coming out of the backfield, and the other “Hot Rod”, “Rowdy” Roddy White at wide receiver, the Falcon’s offense may be too much for the Dolphins’ defense to handle. It also helps when you get a record breaking and eventual Hall of Famer at tight end in Tony Gonzalez added to your offense.
Denver Broncos (0-0) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (0-0)
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
My Pick: Broncos
Minnesota Vikings (0-0) vs. Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH
My Pick: Vikings
Sunday, 09/13/09, 4pm
Washington Redskins (0-0) vs. New York Giants
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
My Pick: Giants
San Francisco 49ers (0-0) vs. Arizona Cardinals
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
My Pick: 49ers
St. Louis Rams (0-0) vs. Seattle Seahawks (0-0)
Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
My Pick: Seahawks
Sunday, 09/13/09, 8:20pm
Chicago Bears (0-0) vs. Green Bay Packers (0-0)
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
My Pick: Packers
Monday, 09/14/09, 7pm
Buffalo Bills (0-0) vs. New England Patriots (0-0)
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
My Pick: Patriots
Monday, 09/14/09, 10:15pm
San Diego Chargers (0-0) vs. Oakland Raiders (0-0)
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA
My Pick: Chargers
Now that we’ve gotten through the first week of the season, let’s look into the future as I, Rowdy-damus will predict this year’s playoff and Super Bowl winners for the 2009 NFL Season.
AFC East AFC West AFC North AFC South
Patriots 11-5* Chargers 9-7 Steelers 10-6 Titans 11-5*
NFC East NFC West NFC North NFC South
Eagles 11-5* 49ers 9-7 Packers 10-6 Falcons 10-6*
Colts 10-6 & Ravens 9-7 Giants 10-6 & Vikings 9-7
Wild Card Weekend
Ravens (9-7) vs. Chargers (9-7) Colts (10-6) vs. Steelers (10-6)
My Pick: Ravens My Pick: Steelers
Giants (10-6) vs. 49ers (9-7) Vikings (9-7) vs. Packers (10-6)
My Pick: Giants My Pick: Packers
Steelers (11-6) vs. Titans (11-5) Ravens (10-7) vs. Patriots (11-5)
My Pick: Steelers My Pick: Ravens
Giants (11-6) vs. Eagles (11-5) Packers (11-6) vs. Falcons (10-6)
My Pick: Eagles My Pick: Falcons
Ravens (12-6) vs. Steelers (11-7) Falcons (11-6) vs. Eagles (12-5)
My Pick: Steelers My Pick: Eagles
Super Bowl XLVI
Land Shark Stadium, Miami, FL
Pittsburgh Steelers (13-6) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (13-5)
My Pick: Steelers
So there it is, my Super Bowl picks for the 2009 Playoffs. Let the debating begin!
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