Saturday, September 11, 2010

NFL Opening Weekend

The wait is over, NFL football has arrived!

September 11
Today is September 11th and I think everyone can remember what that day was like for them. I remember many things about that day. I knew something was going to be very wrong when I was waiting for one of my favorite writers morning note on the markets, and it was not on The Street.com at the usual time. Bill Meehan never wrote that update, or anything ever again.

Kid Dynamite has reposted an email he sent out in the days following and it is worth a read as it is very moving:
5 Years Later
and
I Remember

While names like Bin Laden, Zawahiri, and Atef were about to become well known, I knew all about them already and I knew exactly who was responsible. I had read the book The New Jackals and was not shocked at the degree of murder these maniacs would pursue.

Spare a few moments today to think about all the people that lost so much.

2010 NFL Opening Weekend
It is time!

Exciting sports weekend with the NFL and tonight is the Saturday Night race at Richmond in NASCAR where the drivers will be fighting to get into the NASCAR post season final 12.

I was a late comer to football. I only started watching it freshman year in high school. Better late than never, and I love it!

Here is how I see things this season as of now. I like to do this kind of thing after all teams have played 4 games, I am much closer to being right then! Still, here is my outlook for this year.

z = division winner
x = wild card

AFC

East
1-z New England Patriots 10-6
2-x NY Jets 9-7
3-Miami Dolphins 8-8
4 Buffalo Bills 6-10

North
1-z Baltimore Ravens 11-5
2-Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8
3-Cincinnati Bengals 8-8
4-Cleveland Browns 4-12

South
1-z Indianapolis Colts 12-4
2-x Houston Texans 9-7
3-Tennessee Titans 8-8
4-Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11

West
1-z San Diego Chargers 10-6
2-Oakland Raiders 8-8
3-Denver Broncos 7-9
4-Kansas City Chiefs 5-11

NFC

East
1-z Dallas Cowboys 11-5
2-x New York Giants 10-6
3-Washington Redskins 8-8
4-Philadelphia Eagles 8-8

North
1-z Minnesota Vikings 12-4
2-x Green Bay Packers 11-5
3-Chicago Bears 8-8
4-Detroit Lions 3-13

South
1-z New Orleans Saints 12-4
2-Atlanta Falcons 10-6
3-Carolina Panthers 7-9
4-Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12

West
1-z Arizona Cardinals 10-6
2-San Francisco 49ers 9-7
3-St. Louis Rams 6-10
4-Seattle Seahawks 4-12

Notes:
-Everyone loves the Packers this year but the Vikings are still the team to beat in the NFC North
-I hate the NY Jets
-I hate the NY Giants
-I overestimate the New England Patriots, I really think they will go more 8-8 or 9-7 and will miss the playoffs
-If the Texans do not beat Indianapolis in week 1, their chances for the post season go way down
-Derek Anderson will do very well in Arizona
-The Bears could be a big surprise this year
-The Jets will be less than advertised
-The Ravens have a real shot at the Superbowl
-By seasons end, the Raiders will not be a team any playoff possible team will want to play

Week 1 Predictions
While I am not a great stock picker, by week 4 my NFL picks are almost crazy on target! If you are the betting sort, I am sure I have helped you out over the years!

I already picked the Saints win.

-Titans 24, Raiders 20
-Giants 28, Panthers 13
-Texans 27, Colts 24
-Broncos 17, Jaguars 16
-Falcons 21, Steelers 17
-Dolphins 28, Bills 13
-Bears 31, Lions 20
-Patriots 48, Bengals 45 (I think the Bengals may win but I won't make that my pick!)
-Buccaneers 13, Browns 9
-49ers 20, Seahawks 7
-Packers 38, Eagles 24
-Cardinals 27, Rams 17
-Cowboys 24, Redskins 20
-Chargers 31, Chiefs 14
-Game of the week is the Monday Night contest between Baltimore and the NY Jets.
Ravens 27, Jets 24

Almost time for football!

Have a good night.

4 comments:

GawainsGhost said...

Nice write up. Wait till you read mine on realityfootballblog.com. I've been working on it for days. It's long and involved, all about the Cowboys vs. Redskins rivalry.

I think this is going to be a tough game. And I agree that it will be a tight score. Dallas has no game film on Washington, except for one pre-season game. They have to go back to Shanahan's days in Denver, his son's days in Houston, on top of Haslett's days in Pittsburg, New Orleans, and St. Louis. Not to mention the Redskins and the Eagles last year. That's a lot of game film.

Washington is running a new defense and new offense. No one knows what they're going to do. So I expect an ugly game. I'll take the Cowboys by 1.

But, hey, at least your Saints beat the Vikings on Thursday. Congratulations.

getyourselfconnected said...

That win was big and all the comments were "The saints did not score 100 points" or whatever.

Give it 3 weeks after the Vikings crush people and you will see Thursdays win was HUGE.

watchtower said...

Any thoughts on how the St Louis Ram's new QB Sam Bradford will do this season?

I see that you didn't put the Rams dead last, or only winning 1 game, is this because of the new QB?

getyourselfconnected said...

I watched him play twice in the preseason and that kid is the real deal!

I think he is going to be big, and the Rams in about 2 years will be very formidable. Too soon now though.

The patriots had a shot at Stephen Jackson but did not want to pay for him. I have no idea why the Pats are cheap when Brady has maybe 3 years left????