Thursday, September 8, 2011

NFL Picks - Week 1 Opening Night

We are finally here! Last season, Ryan and I did our picks for each game, and this time we will be getting a full season of picks in. These are straight winners and losers; we do not pick against a spread nor do we gamble on any of these - we do this for family pride! Ryan knows that I am going to destroy him this season, and it won't even be close!

Anyway, there is just the one game tonight, as the NFL has decided that it needs to have an opening night extravaganza. NBC! Football! Actually, I'll be watching a baseball game, so I'll only be paying cursory attention to the FOOTball game. Your own picks are welcome in the comment thread, as well as any kind of non-incendiary trash talk. Enjoy! -- J.L.

New Orleans at Green Bay (8:30 PM)

Ryan's Take: This is a great game to begin the season with. You have the defending champions, the Green Bay Packers, facing the Super Bowl champs from two years ago, the New Orleans Saints. You have two high powered offenses facing off against each other with two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, leading them. I think that this game will be a low scoring one though with the Packers getting the better of the Saints to begin the year. Rodgers will be masterful and the Packer defense will shut down the Saints' offense and it will lead to Green Bay starting out the year 1-0.

Josh's Take: In the Season Predictions, I have the Saints defeating the Packers in the Divisional Round. Let's just call this game a warm-up and preview for that one. The Packers have a good defense (obviously), but everything I have seen and read about the Saints for this season has them playing out of their minds. Everything will be clicking for the Saints and the Packers will show up a trifle rusty. The Packers will recover, but it won't be enough to catch up to the Saints. New Orleans wins in a game whose score will ultimately be closer than it probably should be.

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