Week 1 NFL Picks

Minnesota Vikings +6 @New Orleans Saints: Adrian Peterson, front four, and Percy Harvin out shoot Brees and friends in Superdome.  Minnesota 27 New Orleans 20

Miami Dolphins @Buffalo Bills +3: Spiller sparks in debut, secondary contains Marshall.  Buffalo plays to crowd at Ralph Wilson.  Miami 16 Buffalo 24

Lock of the Week Special: Detroit Lions +6.5 @Chicago Bears: Stafford-Best-Johnson too much for inept Bears defense.  Jahvid and Calvin score one apiece, Stafford throws for three scores.  Detroit 34 Chicago 23

Oakland Raiders +6. @Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson picks up where he left off last season, but Vince Young is the hero, leading team en route to impressive comeback drive on game-winning touchdown pass to Bo Scaife.  Oakland’s defense keeps it close, covers. Oakland 17 Tennessee 20

Game of the Week Honors: Cincinnati Bengals @New England Patriots -4.5: Tom Brady hooks up with Randy Moss in the end zone twice.  However, underneath passing attack does trick in controlling tempo, clock, and game.   Its the key, keeping defense fresh in hotly contested battle.  Close affair. in what is the most entertaining match-up of Week 1.  Belichick gambles on fourth down with roll of the dice, opts to go for it instead of FG with game 23-21 and just less than two minutes remaining, in doing so, risk results in touchdown, ensuring victory. Cincinnati 21 New England 30

Tick, Tock, Clock, Down to the Wire Frenzy: Carolina Panthers +7 @New York Giants: Carolina visits Big Apple and combines stout, bend but don’t break defense and steady rushing attack to scare Giants enough to make them sweat at the fresh New Meadowlands Stadium.  Carolina 17 New York 19

Guarantee this, Mark it Down, Shellacking: Atlanta Falcons @Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5: No Big Ben, no dilemma, as Pittsburgh Steel Curtain dominates in classic fashion.  Troy Polamalu wins Defensive Player of the Week with his performance, while Mike Wallace shreds Atlanta’s secondary for more than 200 yards.  Hines Ward and Heath Miller make Dennis Dixon comfortable, almost too comfy with two touchdowns.  Cozy, lopsided Steelers triumph to much chagrin and many Falcon fans, NFL experts and analysts dismay.  Atlanta 10 Pittsburgh 31

Cleveland Browns @Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3: Josh Freeman connects with Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow early and often, while defense brings heat and intensity all afternoon long to woeful, inept, and anemic Cleveland offense at Raymond James.  Cleveland 6 Tampa Bay 22

Denver Broncos @Jacksonville Jaguars -3: David Garrard too much for Denver to handle, as their defense is on the field for more than half the time Jacksonville’s defense is.  Tebow sees action, runs for touchdown.  Denver 13 Jacksonville 17

Offensive Fireworks a Plenty: Indianapolis Colts -2.5 @Houston Texans: Peyton slings his way by narrowly in sensational shootout against Schaub.  Dallas Clark proves to be difference.  Addai scores not once, not twice, but thrice.  Freeney/Mathis factor in to win.  Indianapolis 37 Houston 29

Arizona Cardinals -4 @St. Louis Rams: Cards defense overpowering for Jackson, Bradford, and Co.  Arizona produces four turnovers, in sloppy win.  Anderson shaky, doesn’t matter as rushing parlor clicks.  Arizona 22 St. Louis 12

Don’t Look Now Alert, Warning is in Full Effect Mode: Green Bay Packers @Philadelphia Eagles +3: Philly defense, often overlooked by aerial assault, puts together a masterpiece in stunner.  Trent Cole, Darryl Tapp, and Brandon Graham have field day feasting on Rodgers and OL.  Green Bay 21 Philadelphia 26

No Brainer: San Francisco 49ers -3 @Seattle Seahawks:  49ers defense is championship-caliber in this divisional meeting.  Offense is efficient to accompany stifling, disruptive, penetrating 11-man firing squad of Singletary.  Samurai Mike has troops clicking on all cylinders in scintillating shutout.  San Francisco 24 Seattle 0

Not as Close as you would Imagine: Dallas Cowboys -3.5 @Washington Redskins: Early quick-strike offense too potent for Donovan/Shanahan in debut.  Insurmountable deficit cannot be overcome by shoddy aerial display.  America’s Team puts on show, in what becomes a clinic.  DeMarcus Ware records seven sacks, reminiscent of the late, great Kansas City Chief LB Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas.  Dez Bryant gets into end zone, celebrates with flash, in style.  Dallas 35 Washington 17

Baltimore Ravens +2.5 @New York Jets: Nick Folk kicks game-winning FG from 48 yards out, following roughing the QB penalty by Terrell Suggs.  Rex Ryan gets ejected.  John Harbaugh imitates him, does so as well.  Ray Lewis breaks Mark Sanchez’s leg.  Blood is shed on more than one occasion. Baltimore 14 New York 16

Shock City, New Sheriffs in Town: San Diego Chargers @Kansas City Chiefs + 5: Jamaal Charles rushes for more than 200 yards.  Matt Cassel dissects Ron Rivera’s defense for over 300 yards.  Eric Berry picks off Philip Rivers twice.  Chiefs coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, both attempted to get carried off Arrowhead, both tries fail, to no surprise, unlike final result.  Todd Haley gets Gatorade treatment, as he gets not only bath, but carried off field. San Diego 26 Kansas City 29

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