A Battle of Between the Last Two Super Bowl Champs Opens the NFL Season
Survivor Pick of the Week: Arizona over Carolina
This isn’t the easiest week for survivor to start the season, that’s for sure. To refresh my key survivor principles, I always like to go with home favorites. Teams are always motivated to perform at home (except for maybe in Miami where they’re about to run Chad Henne out of town), whereas sometimes you’re not exactly sure what a road team brings with the travel and without their home surroundings. Cam Newton’s career starts off with a road game, which isn’t the most comfortable thing for any rookie. He hasn’t had the usual pre-season schedule to get prepared for the season, so that should discount his ability even further. Arizona won’t be winning the division this year, but at least they’ll look like a professional team without some schmo playing quarterback this year. Other options for the week would be Cleveland, which I’m primarily avoiding just because it’s a divisional game, Houston, or San Diego (a team that has a reputation for falling flat on their face in survivor situations).
Thursday Night Pick: Green Bay -4.5 over New Orleans
Everyone is expecting an offensive showcase in the season opener, but the under has been correct in the last four season openers. Add to that the fact that most teams' offenses should be slow out of the gate without all the reps and this game should hit the under. In a close game, there are two things to consider. The first is that the Saints’ new acquisition, Aubrayo Franklin, probably won’t be at 100% after injury. The second is that the Packers' defense has a tendency to force turnovers, and close games are usually decided by turnovers. Both teams should be up for successful seasons, but the edge tonight will go to the Packers by a touchdown.
NFC East Champions: Dallas Cowboys
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC West: St. Louis Rams
NFC Wild Cards: Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons
AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC South: Houston Texans
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC West: San Diego Chargers
AFC Wild Cards: New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl: San Diego Chargers over New Orleans Saints