No team in the NFL has had a bye week since this season began until now. This week, six teams are going to have byes thus we are going to see only 12 games on Sunday and one game on Monday Night.
At this point in the season, after 4 games, only two teams have a perfect record of 4 wins; interestingly enough these two teams happen to be in the same division! They are the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. If you had suggested 3 or 4 seasons ago that the Lions will be 4-0 at this point in time or that the Colts and Vikings will be 0-4, many people would have laughed you to scorn. But it is what it is, isn’t it? Let us see if this week knocks Packers or Lions off their winning streak.
Also, it is amazing to note that a whopping eleven teams are just one loss shy of a perfect win record (i.e 3-1)! On the other hand, only 7 teams are one win away from a perfect loss record (i.e 1-3). It would appear that this is quite a competitive season at this point. Let us wait till the middle of the season to see how things stack up.
New Orleans Saints AT Carolina Panthers = New Orleans Saints
Kansas City Chiefs AT Indianapolis Colts = Indianapolis Colts
Philadelphia Eagles AT Buffalo Bills = Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks AT New York Giants = New York Giants
Cincinnati Bengals AT Jacksonville Jaguars = Cincinnati Bengals
Tennessee Titans AT Pittsburgh Steelers = Pittsburgh Steelers
Oakland Raiders AT Houston Texans = Houston Texans
Arizona Cardinals AT Minnesota Vikings = Arizona Cardinals
Tampa Bay Bucs AT San Francisco 49ers = San Francisco 49ers
New York Jets AT New England Patriots = New England Patriots
San Diego Chargers AT Denver Broncos = San Diego Chargers
Green Bay Packers AT Atlanta Falcons = Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears AT Detroit Lions = Detroit Lions
In the American National Football League, anything can happen on any given Sunday. It is not like one of these leagues where you can predict with over 85% accuracy the outcome of weekly games. It is probably why there is a lot of high stakes betting and gambling with the results of weekly games. Sometime in the past week, a friend of mine asked me to give him my picks for the winners of the NFL’s season opening games.
Now, I have to point out that while I love football (I watch it as often as the opportunity presents itself), I have never quite given much thought to betting or predicting the outcome of games. In my mind, that is what ESPN is there for—to provide stats, results, and analysis of games. I only felt emotionally attached to the games involving my Indianapolis Colts and my Philadelphia Eagles but I have not betted some money on their games recently. So to humor my friend (I must point out that he is something of a gambler), I gave him my picks for this first week. I do not know if he wrote my selection down or indeed what he intends to do with it, but that got me thinking. I felt like I should probably make this a weekly affair for the 16 weeks of this football season.
You have to realize that I am doing this solely for my entertainment—for one, I don’t believe that I’ll do better than 40% with these predictions as I am not claiming to have a crystal ball here. In any case, I don’t believe I’ll do much worse with my predictions than the self-important talking heads on ESPN. Secondly, I believe that this will make me even more interested in the outcome of games played by other divisions of the NFL.
The first game of the season has been played, and the Green Bay Packers beat the New Orleans Saints 42-34. I’ll give my predictions for the next 15. Check in next week for predictions about the second week.
a) Pittsburgh Steelers AT Baltimore Ravens = Pittsburgh Steelers
b) Cincinnati Bengals AT Cleveland Browns= Cleveland Browns
c) Indianapolis Colts AT Houston Texans= Houston Texans
d) Tennessee Titans AT Jacksonville Jaguars= Tennessee Titans
e) Buffalo Bills AT Kansas City Chiefs= Kansas City Chiefs
f) Atlanta Falcons AT Chicago Bears= Chicago Bears
g) Detroit Lions AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers= Tampa Bay Bucs
h) Philadelphia Eagles AT St Louis Rams= Philadelphia Eagles
i) New York Giant AT Washington Redskins= New York Giants
j) Carolina Panthers AT Arizona Cardinals= Arizona Cardinals
k) Seattle Seahawks AT San Francisco 49ers= Seattle Seahawks
l) Minnesota Vikings AT San Diego Chargers= San Diego Chargers
m) Dallas Cowboys AT New York Jets= New York Jets
n) New England Patriots AT Miami Dolphins= New England Patriots
o) Oakland Raiders AT Denver Broncos= Denver Broncos
May the better teams win!