NFL 2014 Week 1 Thursday Night Pick & Analysis – FootballThursday, September 4, 2014 12:47
Pick and analysis of the 2014 NFL Week 1 Thursday night game.
NFL FOOTBALL—IT’S BACK BABY!!!
The 2014 NFL Season Kicks Off in the Great Northwest…
Finally, the contrived hype over second-rate talent—see Michael Sam and Johnny Manziel—gives way to real football games that count.
We believe the “emphasis” the refs are supposed to place on defensive backs use of hands will gradually fade away because defenses and fans simply won’t tolerate it.
The guiding criteria should be does the DB’s use of hands impede the receiver from running a route or catching the ball. Throw the flag if defenders get too handsy; everyone wants to see great skill players make great plays. But, when referees try to make all contact “flaggable” like they did in the pre-season, the game suffers.
To old-schoolers like me watching a well-defensed pass by a skilled cornerback is just as welcome as a receiver and quarterback executing a perfectly timed 18 yard sideliner.
Roger Goodell has proven himself to be the NFL’s “court” jester—meaning he is a fool of a lawyer, not to mention a hypocrite when it comes to fair-minded discipline, and a two-bit shill for team owners that are tweaking the life out of a great game.
We’ll hit every important issue—the “gay thing,” Manziel, Goodell, delusional fanatics, Jerry Jones, and all things NFL as the 2014 campaign unfolds…
Right now, were ready for some football and picking against the spread
GAME OF THE WEEK (0-0)
Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks – 6 (47)
Give it to the Gulls, they swaggered their way onto the Super Bowl stage and broke the Broncos in half with stifling defense, a great running game, very special teams, and intelligent quarterback play from Russell Wilson.
Wilson is a unique athletic animal on the American scene. The man exudes a breezy confidence, yet instinctively understands he would do more harm by trying to do what he doesn’t need to do—put pressure on himself to carry a team firing on all cylinders. Number one defense, Marshawn Lynch, a stout offensive line; if Wilson is average, the “Hawks win eleven games, even in the ultra-competitive NFC West.
Wilson’s lack of ego and his overall football acumen give Seattle the best chance to repeat since the ’04-’05 Patriots* cheated their way to two championships in a row.
The Seahawks host the NFL’s most storied franchise, the Green Bay Packers, in 2014’s inaugural game. The last time The Pack visited Seattle they walked away drenched in frustration from one of the greatest hose jobs in NFL history.
The “Fail Mary” game was lost, according to Green Bay head coach, Mike McCarthy, because his team was simply not ready for the intensity, volume, and seemingly endless noise generated by the most vocal home crowd in pro football. The Packers have adjusted by practicing with blaring speaker and will use hand signals. They also believe Aaron Rogers will pilot his no huddle to the Seattle end zone virtually at will.
We agree Rogers, who can balance the aerial attack with Eddie Lacy’s running game might drive to three touchdowns, but the game won’t be decided by the Packer offense. Their defense or lack thereof, will decide this game.
Even with the signing of Julius Peppers, Clay Mathews’ rushing skills, and the drafting of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at free safety, the Packers remain one of the worst run defenses in football and their special teams are not outstanding. Those two realities will slam the Pack in the face.
Look for Marshawn Lynch to run for two scores, Wilson throws for one and the ‘Hawks come up big in the return game.
To celebrate the kickoff to the 2014 season, we are playing our first Premiere Parlay:
The Seahawk’s cover, over the number.
SEAHAWKS 32, PACKERS 17
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