Week 1 NFL Predictions: T.O Goes Home Crying
Now that school has started back up for me, I struggle to find time to make articles. Good thing I work at a radio station where I have nothing to do but make predictions, since I've pre-record a whole hour of jibber jabber about our wide variety of music.
The first week of football is always hardest to predict. Teams that were accpected to be great lose and vise versa. However, my predictions will be suprising to most, and appear idiotic. Let's just wait and see what happens after the first week of the 2008 NFL season.
Cincy's run game is going nowhere, and Chad Ocho Cinco will be shutdown. Houshmandzadeh will also have a minimal role. So how does Cincy score? Ben Utecht will be open all day, expect a huge game from him.
Whomever the QB for Baltimore that starts, Joe Flacco, Todd Bouman, Troy Smith, or if Tim Couch rises from the NFL grave. Expect great numbers against a terrible passing Defense.
The only way the Bengals win if they score as many points as they have thugs.
Ravens 23 Bengals 17
Impact Player: Mark Clayton
An emergence from Calvin Johnson is expected in this afternoon's game. Mike Martz or no Mike Martz, the Lions will have to pass the ball a lot. Lions are not very intimidating running the ball, but the Lions' receivers are.
The Falcons have a mediocre defense, but a young and exciting offense. If the Falcons can score more than 40 points or Kitna throws three interceptions (which is likely), the Falcons could win the battle of the bad.
It will be an easy transition for Matt Ryan. However, the defense won't hold up for the Falcons.
Detroit 35 Atlanta 24
Impact Player- Calvin Johnson
Andre Johnson has the potential to be the best if he would stay healthy. When he did play he averaged around 100 yards and a TD per game. If Houston presents a solid running attack, expect a great battle.
Pittsburgh is a solid team all around, great passing game, running game, and a stellar defense. If Parker returns to his speedy form, Pittsburgh will be hard to beat.
Texans 19 Steelers 16 Overtime
Impact Player- Mario Williams
Vince Young has yet to live up to the hype. He's had his late game heroics, but the first three quarters is what concerns me. Overall, the Titans have a great defense, along with a fast and physical running game. Tennessee will run, run, and run some more.
David Garrard is a different story. He's really came out of nowhere, and puts up solid numbers without throwing the game away. I expect a lot of the same strategy from the Jaguars.
It will be a game on the ground, but Garrard won't won't throw the ball to the other team.
Jaguars 20 Titans 10
Impact Player- Maurice Jones-Drew
It's not even worth writing about, Tom Brady will be fine.
Patriots 35 Chiefs 13
Impact Player- Tom Brady
If you didn't know by now, the Jets have Brett Favre and a revamped o-line. Along with Favre the Jets have a great one-two punch in Thomas Jones and Leon Washington. I still would expect a safe game from Favre, as he played during the preseason.
Miami was easily the worst team last season, still expect a lousy team. Pennington is only going to make them worse. I don't expect to see any revengeful great game, if anything he'll give the game away to the Jets.
Jets 21 Dolphins 7
Impact Player- J-E-T-S Brett Brett Brett.......... Favre
Has Seattle found a running game? I'm not sure, but I do know that Hasselbeck has a great receiving core along with his skill at quarterback. This team is a big question mark for me this season, offensively and defensively
Has Buffalo found a running game? Most defianatley, look for Marshawn Lynch to be the emerging player for this season. However, their passing game is also a big question mark for me. If Clemens can prove he's the man for the job, this Buffalo team is better than you would think. I like their defense, and you can't forget Lee Evans.
Bills 21 Seahawks 20
Impact Player- Marshawn Lynch
This is the point I realize that I have little time to accomplish this article. Please excuse the lack of information.
Rams give Eagles a scare, but Westbrook destroys the Rams run defense.
Saints 31 Bucaneers 21 Jeremy Shockey
Saints have no problem moving the ball and only gives up 250 passing yards.
Cardinals fail to run the ball efficiently, and J.T. keeps the job for good.
Rivers, Chambers, and Tomlinson put on a show.
T.O. drops the game winner, Edwards burns Adam Jones twice for touchdowns.
Bears can't move the ball, Manning struggles but then throw for 3 touchdowns in the second half.
Tarvaris Jackson throws 3 interceptions, and Rodgers exploits the Vikings pass defense.
Russell plays terrible all game but wins the game in the closing seconds.
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