Sunday, September 11, 2011

NFL Picks - Week 1 Primetime Games

I didn't get a chance to write up the game picks from the day games today.  So much has been going on here at the Lattanzi Land Headquarters, thanks to all the rain we have gotten from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee and other assorted storm systems.  Life has become a clusterf*ck as we have to assess water damage and such here.  But I have made a little bit of time to put together our primetime picks for Sunday and Monday nights.  Enjoy! -- J.L. (UPDATE [7:45]: With all the day games complete on Sunday, Ryan is 8-4 today, and I am also 8-4 -- J.L)

Dallas at New York Jets (Sunday, 8:20 PM)

Ryan's Take: The Ryan brothers will be facing off against each other to begin this season. It will be interesting to see how the Cowboys react to the new defense that Rob is bringing in. It will also be interesting to see how Mark Sanchez will react to that defense and how the Jets will react to the Dallas offense and Tony Romo’s return. I think the emotions of the pregame and the day will lead New York to winning this game.

Josh's Take: The Bee Are's (Brothers Ryan) meet up on Sunday night at the Meadowlands. Both teams have something to prove. The Cowboys are coming off a disappointing 6-10 season and are looking to get back to contention. The Jets need to do whatever they can to get over the hump of AFC Title Game losses. No matter what is going on at the end of the season, New York is the superior team and will flex their muscle against a recovering Dallas squad.

New England at Miami (Monday, 7 PM)

Ryan's Take: New England looks like it will be a good team. You can say that anytime you have Tom Brady as your quarterback. I like Miami’s defense to give the Patriots some trouble with their intriguing blitzes. I don’t trust the Miami offense, who will rely on Reggie Bush to be their featured back. The Dolphins will keep it close with their defense, but New England will win it pulling away in the 2nd half.

Josh's Take: I have New England going to the Super Bowl. Yes, I am insane. However, Tom Brady is still Tom Brady and they have a great offense. However, the Dolphins have a very good defense. Their offense, though, is very suspect, so the only way they make it a game is to harass Brady and get a defensive score or two. The blueprint is there from the last two playoff games the Pats have lost. Tonight will not be a repeat of those playoff games. New England wins by a comfortable margin.

Oakland at Denver (Monday, 10:15 PM)

Ryan's Take: Oakland could be a surprise team this year. They did finish 8-8 last year and swept their division last year. For Denver, they have talent on offense in Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd, who can beat anyone if they are on. I don’t know what to think about either of these defenses because of new schemes and losses to each respectively. I’ll go with Oakland because they will control the clock with McFadden and Bush.

Josh's Take: Oakland will just run all over Denver, I think. Denver's only hope is to get into a shootout and thus outscore the Raiders. With the Raider running game controlling the clock, it will be a tall order for the Broncos. Oakland wins in a fairly close game.

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