2012 NFL Predictions & Week 1 Picks
Well, we made it. It’s been a long seven months since the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, it’s been even longer since my 49ers won a game, but WE MADE IT! Football started on Wednesday, but for most of us this long agonizing time where we have to resort to baseball (yawn) to get us through the dog days of Summer are over and on Sunday and Monday we get back to what really matters, FOOTBALL!
If you are like me, then for the next twenty-two Sundays you are absolutely booked and for legitimate reason and I wish you all good luck that your team is alive those twenty-two weeks, and I actually mean it if you are a 49er fan.
I have a couple predictions for the 2012 season and I make my Week 1 picks which will surely be wrong.
- Tim Tebow will NOT become the starting Quarterback for the New York Jets unless there is an injury to Mark Sanchez. A lot of the media pundits, experts, my friends, and random weirdos (seriously homeless guy on San Marcos Blvd. stop yelling “Tebow” at me!) on the street have been yelling for Tebow to start possibly week 3….of the Preseason, but that hasn’t happened yet and although the offense looks abismal I believe that Rex Ryan and the Jets will stick with Sanchez the whole year barring injury. So hide all your Te-bowners until the Jets offensive line pulls a “Remember the Titans” and allows their QB to get hurt for Sunshine aka Tim Tebow.
- The Indianapolis Colts will make the playoffs. I know, I know, it’s preseason, but damn did Andrew Luck look good. How can I a guy with this much hype come into the season possibly being underrated? He has the least amount of pressure for a #1 pick that is supposed to be the best Quarterback prospect since John Elway or ever. Yet, RG3 has more pressure playing for the Redskins, after they gave up a shit-ton of picks and play in the NFC East, Ryan Tannehill has a huge spotlight on him after being featured in Hard Knocks*, there is the Saints Bountygate, Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez, the media’s love for Russel Wilson because he’s so tiny and everyone is electrified by him — get over it. Everyone seems to forget about Mr. Luck, he handles him self correctly, he’s pro-ready, and he’s got the weirdest voice for a white guy. The Colts upgraded at the coaching staff and on defense, and even though he’ll be throwing to Austin Collie if he still has a brain and an old Reggie Wayne, this team is in a weak AFC South where he can play the Titans and Jaguars four times this year, the AFC is wide open for them to sneak in.
- Peyton Manning and the Broncos will get third place in the AFC West even if Manning stays healthy. Reports are that Peyton looks like the Peyton of 2010, well if that is true then the Broncos are screwed. Not many people want to say it, but Manning was not that good in 2010 for a QB that’s supposed to be the best Quarterback of all-time and now he had to fuse his shoulder to his neck, not good for a QB. Also, he’s got a weak running game now without Mr. Tim Tebow and a weak defense that will have to rely on their edge pass rushers in Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. Add that to the hardest schedule in the NFL, I think they get third place.
- The battle for the worst record will be the Miami Dolphins vs. the Arizona Cardinals. You can really tell what a Front Office thinks about their team when they trade away all the talented players on their roster, look at the Miami Dolphins, Joe Philbin traded away their best receiver, Brandon Marshall, when they know that Ryan Tannehill needs someone to catch the ball, then they traded their starting corner to a team that had the worst record last year, the Colts – who obviously think they have a shot at winning. The Dolphins are going to be terrible on offense, they do not have one Wide Receiver that would start on any other team in the NFL. Their strength is supposed to be their defense, but they have been struggling in the preseason. Not Good. The Arizona Cardinals in terrible shape as well, they don’t have a legitimate Quarterback – which is kind of a big deal in the NFL today. They have the worst offensive line in the NFL and their offense consists of one thing – “Hey Larry, Run deep, against triple coverage and catch this duck that I’m gonna throw you”. The Cards are done.
Week 1 Picks:
Indianapolis 20 at Chicago 27 – W
Philadelphia 28 at Cleveland 9 – W
New England 31 at Tennessee 24 – W
Atlanta 24 at Kansas City 27 – L
Jacksonville 16 at Minnesota 14 – L
Washington 17 at New Orleans 28 – L
Buffalo 24 at New York Jets 11 – L
Miami 3 at Houston 24 – W
San Francisco 24 at Green Bay 23 – W
Seattle 28 at Arizona 10 – L
Carolina 35 at Tampa Bay 13 – L
Pittsburgh 21 at Denver 17 – L
Cincinnati 13 at Baltimore 23 – W
San Diego 24 at Oakland 21 – W
Week 1 – 8 – 8
– Lance Cartelli