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The Lineman basks in glory, fears the worst
Well, the Lineman got the season off to a perfect start (click the link). Steelers get the win, Titans cover, score one for the Lineman.
We will bask in the glory while it lasts because the Lineman understands this is just the first play in a long season. Let’s hope we are still on the right side of the scoreboard come Tuesday.
Record won-loss: 1-0.
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PICK OF THE WEEK: Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns (plus 3.5): Future Hall of Famer Brett Favre is back (again) and has something to prove. Adrian Peterson is the NFL’s top running back.
The poor Browns aren’t catching any breaks in Week 1 with the NFL allowing Vikings defensive linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams (two of the best in the business) to continue to play while their long-running drugs saga works it way through appeals.
Nasty pass-rusher Jared Allen spearheads a Minnesota defence that might be one of the league’s best guaranteeing it will be a long day for the Browns starting quarterback, the not so mighty Brady Quinn.
The Vikings are seen as Super Bowl contenders; the Browns aren’t. Take the Vikings and give up the points.
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Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (minus-4): The Lineman’s wife says, take the Bengals because they have cool helmets. The Lineman also likes the Bengals because quarterback Carson Palmer looks back in top form after missing most of last season with an elbow injury.
Favourite target Chad Ochocinco Johnson is back and Laveranues Coles should nicely fill the void by T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s departure.
While the Bengals have regained some bite, the Broncos look more like one of those horses pulling a plough.
Broncos rookie head coach Josh McDaniels could be in for rough ride.
Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler was so unimpressed with McDaniels’s flirtation with Matt Cassel that he demanded a trade and was shipped to Chicago while brooding Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been suspended.
And yes, the Bengals do have cool helmets.
Take the Bengals and give up the points.
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Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (plus 6): Can you name the Buccaneers starting quarterback? Thought so, neither could we.
No Terrell Owens no problem, Cowboys get win on the road before returning home to Texas to open up their new billion dollar stadium.
Take Cowboys, give up the points
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New York Jets at Houston Texans (minus 3.5): Jets will have trouble taking off with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez at the controls. Quarterback Matt Schaub may not get the press or hype Sanchez does but the Texans had the third ranked offense last year.
Andre Johnson led the NFL in receptions last year with 115 and will be Schaub’s favourite target again this season.
Texans have an improving defence and are tough at home. Take Texans, give up the points.
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Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (minus-13): New coach, new quarterback, new uniforms; same old Lions.
The Lions went 0-16 and haven’t won a game since 2007 and it could be 2010 before they get into the win column. It certainly won’t come this weekend in the Big Easy where Drew Brees leads the Saints high octane attack.
First overall pick quarterback Matthew Stafford gets the start for Lions. Welcome to the NFL, Matt.
The Saints come marching home. Take New Orleans, give up the points.
PHOTO: Pittsburgh Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda (9) congratulates kicker Jeff Reed (3) on his game winning field goal in overtime of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Cohn