Week 1. Game Picks: Here.
After wondering aloud how I should get into the initial picks piece of the 2017 season, I was informed that everyone just wants to see who I am ... well ... picking. Debated spinning yarn about the showdown between Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, two guys who just so happen to hold the top two career passer ratings among tenured quarterbacks in league history. Last time this happened? Steve Young vs. Joe Montana in 1994. (I have that game on VHS or DVD, yo. Or both.) Thought about providing a written history of Giants-Cowboys openers. (But I'll save that for my TBT NFL mini-mentary.) Considered pumping up all the road teams I am favoring. (But you can just see that below.)
Bottom line: It's Week 1 of a new season, and folks just want me to get to the good stuff. NOW.
Been working on them, broham.
That's an '83 Nissan Pulsar. Moving along ...
Let's get to it!
Elliot Harrison went 179-86-2 on his predictions last season. How will he fare in the 2017 campaign? His picks for Week 1 are below.
... or not. Many prognosticators have opined about the Jets' chances of going 0-16. Don't see that happening. In fact, this face-off in Buffalo constitutes a winnable game for Todd Bowles and staff -- partly because the Bills are devoid of offensive weapons beyond LeSean McCoy. In fact, in two games versus the Jets last season, McCoy totaled 20 carries for 69 yards. New York is vulnerable through the air, which, unfortunately, is not an area of strength in Buffalo. For New York to win, offensive coordinator John Morton must get Bilal Powell and Matt Forte out in space to challenge the Bills LBs and provide Josh McCown with easy completions. Even if Forte is trade bait. Jets at Bills isn't click bait. #NYJvsBUF
**A)** They're at home.
**B)** Joe Flacco didn't play in the preseason, nursing his balky back.
**C)** A.J. Green is healthy and ready to roll.
**D)** A and C only.
The Ravens have already endured a ton of injuries thus far, but I can't get past how well the defense played in preseason. Nothing has jumped off the page for me concerning Cincy. John Ross is an exciting prospect, but he won't suit up. Joe Mixon isn't expected to start. And while Vontaze Burfict's presence could really enliven this AFC North dust-up, he's suspended. Think Baltimore's front seven consistently beats the Bengals' offensive line at the point of the attack. Ravens win. #BALvsCIN