Sep 09, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) drops back to hand off against the New England Patriots during the second half at LP Field. The Patriots beat the Titans 34-13. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE
You know what's overrated? Calling the Cowboys underrated.
We're starting a little late, but it's time to roll out some weekly NFL picks for the 2012 season. This is an unbelievably human process, rife with unpredictability (guesses) and circumspection (eeny-meeny-miney-d'oh). Nonetheless, onward and upward:
Season record: 0-0
Bears @ Packers: Packers come back from a loss to San Fran with authoritay. (this is ridiculously easy when the games already been played). Win 23-10 and score on a fake field goal. PICK: THIS GAME ALREADY HAPPENED. WHOOPS.
Bucs @ Giants: I think the Giants get off to yet another slow start this year. The young Bucs steal one in New York. PICK: BUCCANEERS
Cardinals @ Patriots: Cards can't blitz Brady all game like they did to Russell Wilson. But they'll try. Patriots get all jiggy with it and Arizona gets tannehilled (see!). Brady celebrates with a new haircut that secretly embarrasses every resident of New England. PICK: PATRIOTS
Redskins @ Rams: Skins fans flying high after RGIII's spectacular start. This week they play a team not on their backup to the backup head coach. The Universe conspires in Jeff Fisher's favor, and the Rams shock Eastern Missouri, upset Skins. PICK: RAMS
Cowboys @ Seahawks: You know what's overrated? Calling the Cowboys underrated. The 12th Man busts out Warhawk, and Seattle gets to 1-1. PICK: SEAHAWKS
Ravens @ Eagles: Game of week, if the Va Tech Vick shows up. After his "performance" against the Browns, Baltimore focuses all efforts on stopping LeSean McCoy. Ravens win. PICK: RAVENS
Lions @ 49ers: The winner of this game? Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth, who will likely find a way to work in a mention or two about a certain handshake. NBC will build up this rivalry. Harbaugh/Schwartz could be the new Gregg Williams/class. Jesting aside, this is a fun new school vs old school game, pitting the Lions passing attack against SF's hermetic defense. Home field advantage tips the scales towards Niners, but they'll need Alex Smith to keep the offense on the field. PICK: NINERS
Broncos @ Falcons; After balling like R. Kelly chaperoning prom, Matt Ryan and his terrible nickname (seriously, it's just bad) face Denver, Von-Doom and Eli's brother. This will be a fun game, and I expect Atlanta to pull it out. PICK: ATLANTA