"How awesome am I? This look just won me an award."
So the first week is already in the books and the Saints lost. That's bad. However, the rest of the NFC South lost and the Saints can put their hardest opponent behind them. That's good.
That's Week 1 however. Coming up this weekend is the next round of football games for our entertainment and delight. And what about that gosh darn pick 'em league we got going on?
To see a league preview and pick 'em league recap, you'll have to make the jump.
I really think that the Chiefs are going to turn around after that bad game they had last week and really kick it into anoth...er... wait...I think they suck and last year was an anomaly.
A rematch of Super Bowl XLI, complete with the same referee who was accused of giving the game to the Steelers! What can go wrong? Both teams flat out sucked last week. I thought the Steelers defense was really going to drop off in quality (if you're wondering why, go check out some of the ages of those guys). Still, I'll take the has-been's over the never-was's any day.
WHO DAT!? Wait, I need actual analysis? Er...well... I feel really good? Does that work?
Seriously speaking, I like the Saints chances versus Cutler and the Bears. Their receivers aren't the highest quality, unlike the Packers. Cutler is a very hot/cold quarterback. They have poor pass protection and the Saints have a mediocre pass rush. Granted, I'm not exactly thrilled about Jermon Bushrod blocking Julius Peppers, but hopefully David Thomas will be ready to go as a consistent blocker. Otherwise, Drew's going to need surgery to have eyes put into the back of his head.
The Packers just had their hands full with the Saints and came out with a win. If they lose to the Panthers...
This is one of those games when you could pick any team, make some flimsy argument, and most everyone would agree with you. The Vikings showed some effort versus the Chargers, a favorite Super Bowl pick. The Bucs lost to the Lions at home, but the Lions weren't exactly slouches. My head says Buccaneers, my heart says Vikings. I'm going with my head.
I thought both of these teams would lose last week. I was wrong. The Cardinals showed that their pass defense is very suspect after trading away Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Rex Grossman looked...decent? While the Skins defense looked...somewhat competent? I'm going with the team that makes me question reality.
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I got into an argument with a Jaguars fan online. He said the Saints suck worse than the Jaguars because the Saints are 0-1 and the Jaguars 1-0. I then told him that the Saints were a half-yard away from potentially tying the game against the best team in the league, while the Jaguars barely beat a team that may be in a position to draft Andrew Luck. He responded by saying, "...SAINTS ARE LOOOSERRRS!!!1 LOL".
The winner of that argument is clear, just like who the winner of this game will be.
WINNER- New York Jets
The Raiders and Bills are tied for the division lead. Now that's something you only hear in Week 1 of the season. I wasn't impressed with the Raiders showing on Monday night. However, the Bills blowing out the Chiefs makes me think they were able to actually put something together. Enough together to have another mediocre season at least.
"B-L-O-O-D-B-A-T-H" What does that spell!? The final score in the Ravens-Titans game!!
Show me this matchup last Saturday night, I pick the Cowboys without reservation. Instead, the 49ers beat the Seahawks by three scores while Tony Romo did his trademark Romo move on national television. If you want to find a winner, I'd suggest you not watch this game.
The Patriots just dominated a strong Dolphins defense. If the Packers weren't so good, New England would easily be the team to beat in football. The Patriots at home versus a team that struggled with the Vikings?
The Bengals beat the Browns and scored somewhat easily on the Browns underrated defense. The Broncos lost to the Raiders in a close game, but were only in the game because the Raiders committed 15 penalties. This is going to be a boring game with a lot of sloppy play. I'm giving the edge to the Bengals since they actually have an offense.
The Dolphins defense gets absolutely no break. Right after fighting the Patriots and their 600+ yards of offense, they get the Houston Texans, who are coming off their domination of the Colts. Though the Texans won by the same margin as they did in 2010, they scored 34 points in two quarters and then let off the gas for the next two quarters. What's more, they were without star running back Arian Foster, who will be back this week.
I can't believe I'm going to say this. GO EAGLES!!
This matchup is highly in favor of the Eagles. The Falcons made a lot of efforts to improve their passing game in the off-season but that will be negated by Philly's corners. Though the Eagles DT and linebackers are suspect, as is their right side of the O-line. The Falcons pass rush is somewhat mediocre outside of John Abraham and I don't see Dunta Robinson stopping DeSean Jackson.
If there's one thing I've learned from watching Giants games, it's that they are almost always blowouts, one way or the other. They are also a hot and cold team. So expect them to come out swinging on prime time against the Rams.
CSC Pick 'Em League Recap
So after the first week has passed, who gets to claim the vaunted and fictional Drew Brees Award for Pinpoint Accuracy? The highest record for the week was a 12-4, but there was a tie. So we will go to the person who scored the most points of the two, which means the winner is...Bondcrash (107 points)!
However, showing why the confidence point system makes everything more interesting, Bondcrash is not our league leader. That honor, and the Super Bowl Swagger award, goes to northfan (113 points)! Congratulations to northfan and bondcrash who are at the top of the league. Now, onto the minor awards.
"Should've put money on it" Award: 77 out of 81 pickers correctly picked the Houston Texans to beat the Indianapolis Colts.
The "We're Dumb" Award: 80 out of 81 pickers incorrectly predicted the Cleveland Browns to beat the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sippin' on the purple drank: Only Big Eazy and Hellspawn put down the maximum of 16 confidence points on the New Orleans Saints. Too bad they weren't repaid.
"Should be Ashamed of yourself" Award: 17 people correctly picked the Green Bay Packers over the New Orleans Saints. YOU ARE HORRIBLE PEOPLE AND SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES. For those wondering, I did pick the Packers, and I too, should be ashamed of myself.
Sean Payton's Brass Balls Award: KilnBill was the only picker who selected the Cincinnati Bengals. They were the biggest underdog to win this week, and KilnBill was rewarded with 6 points.
The Sean Payton "Obvious playcall is obvious" Award: This award goes to those pickers who picked against the 8.5 point favorite Houston Texans. Showing why putting your faith in Kerry Collins is very misguided.
The "1970's New Orleans Saints" Award: This award goes to the picker who had the least amount of points in the week. The award goes to two pickers: DrZin and NOLAnyc, both of whom had exactly 0 points. I don't think they realized that you have to set confidence points on top of picking an actual winner. Make sure you do that pickers, otherwise you'll wind up having to relive every decision the Saints made in the 1970's...FOR-EV-ER!
Top-Five CSC Pick 'Em League
Rank, Name, Points, Record
Don't forget to get your picks in at least 5 minutes before the first game ladies and gentlemen!