OK well not all of us are back. Tom Brady is definitely not back. There are others who are injured or suspended for doing something stupid. Greg Hardy isn’t back. Aaron Hernandez…ok I should just quit this bit right now.
But other than those jabronies, the NFL is back in full swing. Last night’s game was a nail-biter which is kind of shocking to me. I figured Cam Newton and the Panthers would mop the floor with the Broncos and that didn’t happen. I keep forgetting about Denver’s insane defense. To be honest, other than the Ravens’ Super Bowl defense, the Bears’ Monsters of Midway back in the 80s, and the Steelers’ Steel Curtain of the 70s, I can’t remember a defense that is THIS good. And they will have to be to make it even to the playoffs it looks like. Not that Trevor Siemian is bad: I just see him having at least a couple of awful games where the D will have to pick up the slack.
Alright, opening night has come and gone. Now let’s look at this weekend’s NFL schedule. I am using a slightly different format so if you don’t like it, tell me and I will more than likely change it…maybe.
|Green Bay at Jacksonville||Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Buffalo, Rochester, Burlington, Boston||BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Ottawa||CKPR, CHEX, CKWS|
|Buffalo at Baltimore||Buffalo, Rochester||Toronto, Kitchener, Northern Ontario|
|Chicago at Houston||Detroit|
|Cleveland at Philadelphia||Cleveland|
|Tampa Bay at Atlanta|
|Minnesota at Tennessee||Minneapolis||1/3/4/5|
|Cincinnati at NY Jets||Detroit, Burlington, Boston||Montreal, Atlantic|
|Oakland at New Orleans|
|San Diego at Kansas City|
|Miami at Seattle||Seattle, Spokane, Minneapolis||BC, Alberta||CITL|
|Detroit at Indianapolis||Minneapolis, Detroit||Vancouver Island, Alberta, Ontario|
|NY Giants at Dallas||All affiliates (except Seattle,Tacoma, Minneapolis, Detroit)||Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, All of Ontario, Montreal||Atlantic||CKPR, CHEX, CKWS|
Sunday & Monday Primetime
|New England at Arizona (Sunday)||8:30, NBC|
|Pittsburgh at Washington (Monday)||6:55, TSN 1/3/4/5|
|Los Angeles at San Francisco (Monday)||10:15, TSN 1/3/4/5|
Only three games won’t be seen in this area. They are all early games and are, for the most part, games that very few would want to see unless they are fans of those particular teams. Especially Cleveland-Philly. Good God. Watch it be the most exciting game of the week and end 43-40 in overtime.
I don’t know if I am going to gamble on the NFL this year. I still may. This week I won’t be. I find spending money on something I will more than likely lose at to be disheartening nowadays and pretty much financially irresponsible. I probably say that because I am flat-out bad at it. Anyway…
Here are my picks for this week. Some are good. Some not so good. Here we go:
Green Bay over Jacksonville
Baltimore over Buffalo
Houston over Chicago
Philadelphia over Cleveland
Tampa Bay over Atlanta
Minnesota over Tennessee
Cincinnati over NY Jets
Oakland over New Orleans
Kansas City over San Diego
Seattle over Miami
Indianapolis over Detroit
Dallas over NY Giants
Arizona over New England
Pittsburgh over Washington
Los Angeles over San Francisco
Remember that tonight there are two college football games and then the full schedule tomorrow. Make sure to check out the schedule either tonight or tomorrow morning just in case there are any updates because a lot of times there are. My PVR may hate me after this weekend but that’s its job so it better do it properly as I won’t be around for part of Saturday. Enjoy the games everyone!