After a tumultuous offseason, that which we have been awaiting has arrived. Pro Football. Through thick and thin, the NFL has survived a most unusual offseason. The now infamous bountygate. A Junior Seau suicide. More research on CTE. And is if to top Acid with a little bit of vinegar, the NFL has locked out its referees. Yes, an incredibly unique offseason. We may have felt guilty for watching grown men essentially kill their brains. We may have moaned about the curse of the replacement referees and how the season will be ruined. But now, lined up before us like a 13 course meal after an enticing desert on Wednesday is the first full Sunday slate of games. And once that first pigskin is kicked off, our troubles will be forgotten because it is once again, Football season. Duuuh Duuuh Duuuh DUUUUUUUN (Dun Dun, Dun Dun)!!!!!
Game of the Week: 49ers @ Packers
The two best teams in the NFC square off in a week one matchup that could potentially decide whether the NFC championship is played on the frozen turf Lambeu Field or under the sun at Candlestick Park. The last time San Francisco’s defense faced an explosive offense it was eviscerated by Drew Brees only to be saved by an Alex Smith miracle. I am not a big believer in Alex Smith Miracles. Packers 24-10.
Matchup to watch: Green Bay’s revamped pass rush vs. San Fran’s big O-line.
Bears 20, Colts 7
Look for a veteran Bears D to pounce on a young quarterback.
Matchup to watch: Chicago pass rush vs. Colts pass blocking (you actually shouldn’t watch this unless you enjoy young QBs get massacred)
Eagles 34, Browns…3
If Philly’s run defense is shored up, I’m not sure the Browns will even put points on the board.
MTW (Matchup to watch): Trent Richardson vs. Eagles run defense
Patriots 31, Titans 17
A first look at a hopefully improved New England defense and a chance for CJ2(1)K to make a statement.
MTW: Jake Locker vs. New England secondary
Jaguars 17, Vikings 13
Minnesota has a horrible secondary and Blaine Gabbert showed improvement this preseason. No, I’m serious!
MTW: Jags D-Line vs. Adrian Peterson
Saints 28, Redskins 17
RGIII will test a porous New Orleans defense but in the end, Drew Brees and co. will be too much.
MTW: Redskins RB(s) vs. Saints LBs
Bills 21, Jets 17
This will be a hard fought game with big AFC wild-card ramifications.
MTW: Tim Tebow vs. Everything!
Texans 24, Dolphins 10
Houston will shut down an inexperienced Miami offense and score enough points to coast to a victory.
MTW: Texan’s WRs vs. Miami secondary
Seahawks 20, Cardinals 6
Even if the Cards had a good QB he would not even be able to stay healthy behind that awful line. I feel really sorry for Larry Fitzgerald.
MTW: Fitzgerald vs. Richard Sherman
Panthers 31, Buccaneers 28
The two bottom teams in one of the best divisions in football play in what I expect to be a tough game that comes down to the final two minutes.
MTW: Doug Martin vs. Luke Kuechly
Broncos 21, Steelers 13
I have no idea how Pittsburgh will score. They have no running back and Ben Roethlisberger is behind his weakest line in years.
MTW: Peyton Manning vs. Steelers pass rush
Record 0-0(Last Week 0-0)
Everybody seems to be forgetting that Sam Bradford went 7-9 his rookie year. The Rams have vastly improved on both sides of the ball. This is as opposed to the Lions who have multiple suspensions, no running back, and no defensive backs. Rams 24, Lions 21.
MTW: Cortland Finnegan vs. Megatron
Chiefs 27, Falcons 21
Kansas City punches Atlanta in the mouth with a powerful ground game and rock solid defense.
MTW: Brandon Flowers vs. Roddy White
Record 0-0(Last Week 0-0)
10 team standard league
Start: DeAngelo Williams will get a majority of the carries as Jonathan Stewart is plagued by sprained ankle.
Sit: Michael Turner is facing one of the best front sevens in the league and his team may be playing from behind.
Start: Jeremy Maclin. Desean Jackson will be swallowed up by Joe Haden leaving a lot of targets for Maclin.
Sit: Stevie Johnson. Yeah, another victim of Revis Island.
Start: Alshon Jefferey will be the number two WR against an awful Colts back seven.
Sit: Any and every Redskins running back.
PPR Sleeper: Justin Blackmon is the only legitimate weapon on the Jags besides MJD and should get a ton of touches.
Next Week: Week One reactions plus grading the rookie QB’s performances.