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.
So, not exactly Carl Lewis blazing out of the blocks but an equally rough first ride for NFC's defending division kingpins Giants, Packers and Saints, the last three Super champs. All lose and all go down on home turf.
Such is the NFL state - a league that has totally abandoned ground chuck for chunking at seemingly every opportunity.
Five teams busted out 40 or more points thanks with nine quarterbacks winging for more than 300 yards (with three others just on the brink). Fourteen hit right at 70% of their throws and more than 70% of the opening weekend yardage was from upstairs. With the current culture change in tactics and rules, makes one wonder what sort of airing out Marino circa '84 would be racking. Scary.
The newbie quarterbacks debut 1-4, the lone win belonging to ultra cool cat (and turnover free) Robert Griffin. The downers for Luck, Tannehill, Weeden and Wilson thanks in large part to a combined 11 interceptions. The second-year slingers also just 1-4, with Christian Ponder posting an improbable win at the expense of Gabbert with Locker, Dalton and Cam all already operating at a deficit. Keep in mind that the Kubiak Crew has seven from that group still upcoming.
To the picks ...
TEXANS (-7) at JAGUARS. Some how the Jags managed to lose a game after taking the lead in the final :30. Especially high in degree of difficulty when it's to a Vikings bunch that may win only four times this season. Then again, Jax will only win four times this season.
COWBOYS (-3) at SEAHAWKS. Coin-flip of an outcome but Dallas clamping down the champs the most impressive team performance of Week 1 (49ers pounding the supposed can't-wait-to-redeem Packers an extremely close second). And Romo his most impressive of his so far star-crossed career. And if you're scoring at home, Tony now 26 touchdowns against five interceptions in last dozen games dating back to 2011. Elite-caliber execution minus the brain-dead decision making in igniting 275 second half yards with 17 put-them-away points, essentially the same totals for the Giants for the night. Some actual lockdown defense from Rob Ryan's group. Who would have thought. Cover corners who can cover can help.
RAVENS (-2) at EAGLES. Few quarterbacks can provide flushable start-to-finish performances while still flipping the game-winning in the closing ticks on the road like Mike Vick. Question - at this juncture why is anyone expecting so much more?
SAINTS (-2.5) at PANTHERS.
PATRIOTS (-13.5) vs. CARDINALS.
CHARGERS (-6) VS. TITANS. Chris Johnson breaks out with 11 yards on four carries. Unrelated but equally underwhelming, considerably less-than-super Mario one game into his $50M guaranteed with the Bills - one tackle, no sacks, no hits no pressure on Sanchez.
SUICIDE POOL: Patriots at home after Week 1 TEXANS at home with Dolphins.
UCLA (-17) vs. HOUSTON.
TCU (-21) vs. KANSAS. The Decided Schematic Advantage not in effect. Nor is it ever.
OHIO ST. (-16.5) vs. CAL.
USC (-9) at STANFORD.
TOTE BOARD TO DATE