You know it's so funny. After all the off-season moves, coaching changes and what not, you think you have a handle on how the NFL will begin to take shape.
For example, The Bills looked downright dreadful in the pre-season. There was talk of EJ Manuel not even holding on to his job as a starter. Meanwhile, the Bears were supposed to be a Super Bowl contender with a rebuilt defense to go along with the high octane offense. There's absolutely no way the Bills could go into Chicago on opening day and score with a Super Bowl contender right? Oops.
Coming into this season, the Bucs were supposed to be rising from the ashes while the Panthers were crashing back to earth. Yet, even without Cam Newtown, Carolina pimp slapped the Bucs in their own barn. The Saints had a top 5 defense...had being the operative word. The Patriots always start 1-0...except this season.
It reminds of the classic Jim Mora line, "You think you know, but you don't know and you never will."
As you would expect, I struggled in my picks last week, posting a dismal 9-7 record while going 0-1 in my upset special.
Let's see if I can do any better this week.
Last Week: 9-7 Upset Special: 0-1
Season: 9-7 Upset Specials: 0-1
Ravens 26, Steelers 17 - Nothing like an exciting Baltimore-Pittsburgh matchup to get the juices flowing for NFL Week 2. Unfortunately I won't watch because frankly I don't want to hear the name of a former Baltimore RB who dometically abused his wife one more time...
Bills 20, Dolphins 16 - Who would have thought this game would decide who has the early edge in the AFC East?
Patriots 27, Vikings 13 - Surely the Patsies can't go 0-2 with Tom Brady at quarterback.
Saints 30, Browns 27 - Surely the Aints can't go 0-2 with Drew Brees at quarterback.
Upset Special: Lions 23, Panthers 10 - Not that I don't believe in Cam's return but I think Suh may kick him in the ribs.
49ers 30, Bears 24 - Hey Chicago, remember when you didn't score points but won a lot of games?