NFL Picks To Click: Week One
We are less than eight hours away from the start of the 2008 NFL season, which means it's time to begin our quest (or in some cases, futile attempts) to out-pick the experts.
Every week, I'll make my picks for each game and give you my upset special. No Caliendo impersonations needed here, although a weather report with Wendy Nix or Molly Qerim wouldn't be bad.
So, without any further ado, here are the Week One picks to click in the NFL.
Redskins at Giants
The Super Bowl champs head into this one with all of the questions coming on the defensive side of the ball for once. No Strahan (retirement), no Osi (out for the season), no problem in my book. Justin Tuck and the rest of the Big-Blue D will make life miserable for Jason Campbell and the new-look 'Skins at home. Look for a big game from Kevin Boss, as he begins life without Shockey. Giants 24 Skins 14
Jets at Dolphins
Jet Favre and his Gang Green head to South Beach to start the season against the man he ran out of town. Chad Pennington would love nothing more than to get revenge on the Jets, but considering how it might turn out to be a de facto home game in Dolphins Stadium, gotta go with the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!! Jets 17 Dolphins 14
Upset Special: Bengals at Ravens
The Joe Flacco era begins against a Bengal defense that played more like kittens last year. The matchup to watch will be the mind games between Chad Ocho Cinco (or Johnson, whatever you prefer) and Ray Lewis.
We all remember last season, when Chad scored his first TD of the season against these same Ravens and broke out the Hall of Fame jacket. What Ocho Cinco does for an encore won't matter, as the Ravens will do enough to get the victory for debut Head Coach John Harbaugh in my upset special for the week. Ravens 24 Bengals 17
Game of the Day: Cowboys @ Browns
When was the last time you heard a Cleveland Browns fan be optimistic about their team heading into a season? (Sorry, false hope not applicable here.) That's how close Romeo Crennell and his Dawgs are to being a playoff team, but they get tested in Week One against America's Team.
With the bitter taste of last season's Divisional Round heartache still lingering, Romo, T.O, and the gang will be ready to feast on a Browns defense that looks improved, but has yet to be tested.
This game will also mark the debut of Marion Barber as the feature back for Big D, but expect to see first-round pick Felix Jones get some touches in the backfield and on special teams. In the end, it will be too much for the Browns to overcome. Cowboys 31 Browns 21
Patriots 38 Chiefs 10 (Provided Brady is healthy and can throw it to #81.)
Steelers 27 Texans 24 (Don't sleep on Kubiak and his young Texas bunch.)
Jags 34 Titans 14 (Playing with heavy hearts will inspire Del Rio's crew.)
Detroit 42 Falcons 17 (Matt Ryan era begins with a thud at home.)
Seahawks 35 Bills 24 (Holmgren's swan-song season starts with road victory.)
Saints 27 Bucs 17 (Saints will have city depending on them again, and they will deliver.)
Rams 27 Eagles 21 (Healthy Marc Bulger plus Al Saunders equals resurgence for Rams.)
Chargers 27 Panthers 17 (Stewart/Williams combo won't equal Tomlinson.)
Cardinals 28 49ers 10 (Warner makes Whisenhunt look smart for making him the starter.)
Sunday Night Football: Colts 27 Bears 7 (If the coin I flipped landed tails, the Bears would be shut out.)
Monday Night Football Part 1: Vikings 24 Packers 21 (Rogers has showing, but Peterson and Taylor will be too much in a close victory.)
Monday Night Football Part 2: Raiders 27 Broncos 24 (The McFadden Era begins on Monday night, and I expect the rookie to shine as the Raiders knock off Denver.)
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