Here we are again! Summer has ended, the kids are back in school, there is a crispness in the air, and football season is upon us. This NFL season has the potential to be one of the most intriguing and exciting in a very long time. However, off-field storylines seem to overshadow the happenings that will take place in stadiums this weekend.Without going into much detail (I’m ready to pick games), here are 5 statements I’d like to make.
- Colin Kaepernick should be on an NFL roster based on meritocracy. He is not, because of his protest of the national anthem.
- I wish Colin Kaepernick would speak. Everyone is speaking for Colin, but as a leader of a movement, and someone who from what we’ve heard, still wants to be an NFL QB, should say just that. Speaking would put pressure on owners, in the court of public opinion. Use this platform, to push the cause of your people, and to get yourself a job. I believe a national 60 minutes interview with Charlie Rose would be a blessing to Kaep.
- The NFL needs to really fix its disciplinary process. Ezekiel Elliott gets suspended for 6 games for allegedly assaulting a woman, and Lane Johnson got 10 games for taking one too many aminos. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
- Colin Kaepernick should be on an NFL roster.
- I’m over this, let’s pick games.
Chiefs at Patriots
Does Tom Brady ever lose at home to an AFC opponent? No. The Chiefs are a good team, but, Alex Smith isn’t winning this game in New England. Pats win, and fairly easily.
Patriots 30 Chiefs 17
Jets at Bills
I have to pick games. The Darnold-Rose(n) Bowl will be a tough matchup to watch of two teams hoping for the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Patriots’ dominance of the AFC East is remarkable, but I can’t help but notice the futility of their competition in the East.
Bills 22 Jets 10
Jaguars at Texans
The AFC is brutal. Blake Bortles faces Tom Savage.
Texans 21 Jaguars 16
Steelers at Browns
The Steelers should challenge the Patriots for the number one seed in the AFC. This team in loaded offensively, and better defensively. The only thing that stands in the way of the Steelers is the Steelers. With Bell and Bryant back on the field, look for them to put on a show in the Dog Pound.
Steelers 34 Browns 17
Cardinals at Lions
Carson Palmer is washed. This season could and probably should be his last. Stafford will have the Lions ready.
Lions 31 Cardinals 27
Falcons at Bears
The Falcons were a field goal away from winning the Super Bowl. They’re still sick from that epic choke job, and finally have an opportunity to take out their frustrations on another team. This will get ugly in Chicago. By the way, Mitch Trubisky should be starting for the Bears.
Falcons 45 Bears 20
Raiders at Titans
This may be the MOST entertaining game of the weekend! The Raiders and Titans are everyone’s darlings this season, and for good reason. Mariota and Carr are two of the most talented young quarterbacks in the NFL. I think the Titans win this shootout.
Titans 31 Raiders 26
Eagles at Redskins
The Eagles have lost 5 straight games to the Redskins. For some reason, they haven’t been able to crack the Gruden-Cousins code. Maybe its the fan in me, but I think on Sunday the streak ends. Losing Jackson and Garcon is a lot of production. The Eagles upgraded in the secondary, and I expect them to have a top 7 defense this year. If they can get pressure on Kirk Cousins without blitzing, they will finally beat the Redskins, who have ruined their season the last 3 years.
Eagles 27 Redskins 13
Ravens at Bengals
The Ravens are IR-All Stars. The Bengals will be better than they were last season.
Bengals 24 Ravens 20
Colts at Rams
Pagano. You see that? That’s the jig. It’s rising in Indy. The Rams will not be the laughing stock of the NFL this year. I think this one gets ugly in LA. Look for 3 (THREE!!) touchdowns from back Todd Gurley, and the fact that he is my fantasy football running back in a big money league has absolutely nothing to do with that prediction.
Rams 35 Colts 17
Panthers at Niners
The Panthers will be better this season. The Niners will too. Panthers win, but it won’t be easy.
Panthers 23 Niners 20
Seahawks at Packers
I’m picking the Packers to win the Super bowl this year, and on Sunday. I like the Seahawks a lot, but I love the Packers. Rodgers made a fool of Seattle last December, and I think, at home, in week 1, he’ll do the same. Shocker here.
Packers 31 Seahawks 20
Giants at Cowboys
24 carries. 178 yards. 1 TD. The Cowboys will feed a motivated and emotionally energized Ezekiel Elliott. I believe his suspension will be upheld, but on Sunday, I think Zeek puts on a show in Dallas, and runs all over the stout Giants defense.
Cowboys 30 Gants 24
Saints at Vikings
I believe the Saints will be a playoff team in the NFC this year. Look for them to get back to a 50-50 run-pass attack, featuring Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram, and breakout star Michael Thomas. Peterson will score against his former team, and the Saints will win a good one.
Saints 27 Vikings 23
Chargers at Broncos
I think Denver has a great roster, minus the QB position. I think the Chargers, who gave Denver problems last season, win this one, fairly easily. Look for an MVP-esque campaign from Philip Rivers this season. I have a feeling about the now LA Chargers.
Chargers 24 Broncos 14
Now to something that actually matters…
Please keep those in the path of Hurricane Irma in your prayers, and if you can, give towards recovery efforts.
Now, before I go…
Fly, Eagles, Fly!!!