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Sunday, September 12, 2004

Already in Midseason Form

Looks like I'm already 0-2 picking NFL games this season. As Gregg Easterbrook would say, these predictions are guaranteed to be wrong!

The first Sunday of the NFL season is like Christmas morning, I'm so pumped. I feel like I just watched one of those Under Armour commercials and I could go run through a brick wall. I'm also looking forward to the end of all of these optimistic team preview puff-pieces, where they try to convince you that each of the 32 teams could go to the Super Bowl. Today begins the journey away from Lake Wobegon in earnest.

That said, I'll throw out these picks before the games kick off. Since the selecting seems not to be going so well, I may focus on snarky remarks and observations after the fact this season--to be determined. (The hairpiece is telling me to follow the Caesar's line today.)

Pittsburgh (-3.5) over Oakland
Washington (-2.5) over Tampa Bay
Baltimore (-3.5) over Cleveland
Jacksonville (-3) over Buffalo
New York Jets (-5.5) over Cincinnati
Chicago (-1.5) over Detroit
Arizona (+11) over St. Louis (I'm picking them to cover, not to win)
New Orleans (+2.5) over Seattle (I'll take the Saints outright)
Houston (-4.5) over San Diego
New York Giants (+9) over Philadelphia (Giants to cover but lose game)
Minnesota (-6) over Dallas
Atlanta (-3) over San Francisco
Kansas City (+3) over Denver
Carolina (-3) over Green Bay