The Unabashed Blogorrhea shaking and stirring while serving up pugnacious NFL and BMOC picks each and every week. Entertainment purposes only. Money back not guaranteed.
As in years past, the rules each week: fearlessly (or not) forecasting the Texans and the Cowboys always plus four other games from the weekly professional slate which supposedly allegedly offer particularly promising prospects.
Plus one weekly straight-up Suicide Pool selection where you can tab one team once and only once throughout the season and one loss terminates your participation.
And some assorted BCS selections when warranted which strike a particular fancy. No need to remind - for entertainment purposes. Only.
The Kubiak Crew kicks Houston's most hyped football fall since the dying days of Warren Moon. Out of the gate definitive faves to outclass a franchise they've whipped six times without a loss - last season by 23-13 and four others by combined seven points.
This time the Texans demolition "D" salivates for Texas Aggie Ryan Tannehill making his NFL debut behind a lousy offensive line targeting a lackluster receiving mob. As previously noted, Tannehill is the first of eight quarterbacks on the Texans' slate in just their first or second season of supreme hard knocks. Somehow they miss the Browns starting their 6th different Week 1 quarterback in six seasons. The record is seven.
Quickly to the picks …
TEXANS (-12.5) vs. DOLPHINS. A ton of points to lay but thinking back one calendar year to Colts with Kerry Collins smothered and left for ruin at Reliant.
GIANTS (-3.5) vs. COWBOYS. Another rough ride in this series for Romo. May be the defending champ's best moment in a season where they fail to even reach the tournament in their Super Bowl encore.
RAIDERS (-1) vs. CHARGERS. Oakland head honcho and Texas Aggie Dennis Allen enjoys much more satisfying NFL start than Tannehill. Carson Palmer and mates hung more than 500 yards to close 2011 in losing to San Diego. The scoreboard tilts in their favor this time.
CHIEFS (+2.5) vs. FALCONS. Home underdog with nasty home ad more than capable of winning outright.
PATRIOTS (-5) at TITANS. Brady and boys on their way to league's best 2012 record.
BILLS (+2.5) JETS. Just to shake and stir the Sanchez/Tebow circus into uber spin cycle.
SUICIDE POOL: Texans
LOUISIANA TECH (-3.5) at HOUSTON. Too much scrambling, too little the line for a bunch (albeit visiting) that UH beat last season only when Keenum orchestrates mad-dash second-half rush on the road to win by one.
TEXAS TECH (-18) at TEXAS ST. Red Raiders welcome Coach Fran to the real world of big campus All-American football. Sort of real world.
NEBRASKA (-5.5) at UCLA. Bruins need much more than just their extra point team tweaked.
SUPER BOWL XLVII TOURNAMENT
AFC SEEDS: #1 Patriots, #2 Texans, #3 Ravens, #4 Raiders, #5 Steelers, #6 Broncos.
WILD CARD ROUND: Ravens > Broncos and Steelers > Raiders.
AFC DIVISIONAL: Patriots > Steelers and Texans > Ravens.
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Patriots > Texans.
NFC SEEDS: #1 Packers, #2 Eagles, #3 Saints, #4 Seahawks, #5 Cowboys, #6 Bears.
WILD CARD ROUND: Saints > Bears, Cowboys > Seahawks.
NFC DIVISIONAL: Packers > Cowboys, Eagles > Saints.
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Packers > Eagles.
SB BIG KAHUNA: Patriots > Packers.