Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass during the NFL season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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TULSA - For the first week, not bad. Not good either... 8-8 is average in anybody's book.
Glass half full? Glass half empty?
Do you really believe in such stuff?
It depends. Depends on how thirsty I am. Now that the first week is out of the way, let's go jumbo-sized on the big slurpy.
I am going home cookin' this week. Of the 16 games, I'm going with 14 home teams. Something about teams who lose on the road in the first week, come back big in the second and then their seasons go down the drain.
For example. There is no way Pittsburgh is going to lose their home opener after losing at Denver.
Same for Buffalo, even though the stunk it up against the Jets. They are playing the Chefs. (By the way, it is about time they changed their name to the Chefs. Chiefs are a prouder group.)
OK here goes.
Green Bay over the Bears - Thanks to the NFL money moguls, making Pack and Bears play Thursday night after Sunday openers. Ooch. Packers win in a tough one. Certainly Green Bay is not going to lose three-straight at Lambeau. (last week v. SF and last season in playoffs to Giants.)
Kansas City at Buffalo - KC looked horrible last week, as did Buffalo. Not much of a game when you think about it. Bills 31-14.
Cleveland at Cincinnati - As patriotic as he may be, Mr. Weeden needs to stay a safe distance from a big American flag. Cincy wins 6-3.
Minnesota at Indianapolis - To be honest, Colts didn't look too shabby last week on the road. Luck has that swagger. He is going to be good. Colts win 34-30.
New Orleans at Carolina - One of only two road teams to win this week. Saints 45-14
Houston at Jacksonville - Texans somehow in the AP top 5 of NFL teams. That's right, there is now an AP NFL Poll. I don't see it. Jags should have won at Minnesota last week. Upset... 27-20.
Oakland at Miami - Fish voted #32 by the NFL poll. There are only 32 teams in the league. Oakland is the worst by the end of this week. 13-10 Dolphins
Arizona at New England - QB Brady scaring Madison Avenue types last week by getting a scrape on his nose and wearing Band-Aid in the second half last week. Gisele applied some ointment and everything is now OK.
Patriots #1 by AP voters... Pats win 45-10.
Tampa Bay at Giants - Eli and company got the big Super Bowl head last week and got outplayed by Dallas. Can't happen for a second week in a row, can it? Giants in a bad game 17-10.
Baltimore at Philly - Going Eagles because of the home field thing. Vick may throw 7 interceptions for all I know. Baltimore getting a little cocky. Two mean birds going at it here. Eagles 17-14.
Washington at St. Louis - This one, I admit, going out on a limb. But Rams got screwed by the fake refs last week and should have beaten Detroit. RG-3 is good, but Jeff Fisher will come up with something. Rams win 17-10.
Dallas at Seattle - Cowboys 31-20.
Jets at Pittsburgh - Explained theory earlier. Steelers getting long in the tooth, but can they really lose to the Jets at Heinz? No Steelers 23-20.
Tennessee at San Diego - Titans RB Johnson getting only four yards last week? Nice fantasy pick. Chargers look charged up for start of season for a change. SD 27-3.
Denver at Atlanta - Atlanta may be the team to beat in 2012. Peyton looking sharp in redo. Go home team again, with plenty of scoring... 44-41.
Detroit at San Fran - 49ers got jobbed by make-believe refs at Green Bay and still won. 49ers 31-20.
Go home teams!
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