The Opposite Of Week 1 Picks
If you are a “Seinfeld” fan, you’ll remember the episode when George turned his life around by doing the exact opposite of what his gut told him to do. Typically considered one of the great losers in television history, George was always down on his luck. He never did well with the ladies. He was always out of work. He lived at home with his parents most of the time. If there was no such thing as bad luck, George wouldn’t have any luck at all.
George was what the guys at the track would call a mush.
But when he started going against his instincts, he found that his luck changed for the better and he was, in the words of Charlie Sheen, winning. When he felt like ordering tuna salad, George went with chicken salad. Simple changes to his most basic instincts were enough to turn his world upside down. If only for one episode.
For Week 1 of football.com’s weekly picks column, I’m going to try something similar. Last season was abysmal for me and my weekly picks. Never even came close to being the big winner of the week. Every pick I made, it seemed, went wrong. So this week, we’re going to try something new.
I am going to pick a winner in each of the week’s games based on the opposite of what my football instincts tell me. People have been known to make picks based on if they like a team’s helmets, by flipping a coin, or by closing their eyes and blindly picking. I am going to do the exact opposite of what my gut tells me.
Hey, if it worked for George, maybe it will work for me.
Thursday, Sept. 5
Ravens at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
I am feeling like Manning and the Broncos may be a little upset about how their season ended last year. So we’re picking the Ravens.
Sunday, Sept. 8
Patriots at Bills, 1 p.m., CBS
Patriots are favored to win the AFC East by a country mile. Most of the country raised their eyebrows when the Bills selected their starting quarterback. So we’re going with the Bills at home.
Titans at Steelers, 1 p.m., CBS
Steelers are tough, especially at home, so we’re going with the Titans to run wild over the Pittsburgh defense.
Falcons at Saints, 1 p.m., FOX
Ryan and the Falcons are going to be a machine this season. So we’re going with the Saints to pull this one out at home.
Buccaneers at Jets, 1 p.m., CBS
Tampa Bay rebuilt their defense with guys like Revis, who returns to MetLife for the first time in his new colors. Jets will thump the Bucs and Geno Smith will look good doing it.
Chiefs at Jaguars, 1 p.m., CBS
Jaguars may be the worst team in the league. So put it all on Jacksonville to put the brakes on Kansas City’s uptempo offense.
Seahawks at Panthers, 1 p.m., FOX
Seattle defense is one of the more fearsome units in the league, but Cam Newton and the Panthers will send them back home 0-1.
Bengals at Bears, 1 p.m., CBS
Bears have a soft offensive line and a maddening quarterback, but they’ll pull out a win against one of the toughest teams in the league and keep A.J. Green quiet.
Dolphins at Browns, 1 p.m., CBS
Browns may have one of the more underrated defensive units in the league, but the Dolphins will shred them and head back to Miami 1-0.
Vikings at Lions, 1 p.m., FOX
Calvin Johnson won’t do much, but the Lions defense will keep AP in check all day and Detroit takes this one by a knockout.
Raiders at Colts, 1 p.m., CBS
Pryor and the Raiders will announce their presence with authority. McFadden rushes for 150 against the Colts in a landslide win.
Packers at 49ers, 4:25 p.m., FOX
A defensive battle ends with a field goal in OT and the Packers head back to Green Bay 1-0.
Cardinals at Rams, 4:25 p.m., FOX
Arizona goes into St. Louis, Palmer throws for 400 yards and the Cardinals pick up their first win of the season.
Giants at Cowboys, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Romo outplays Manning and the Giants, winners of four straight in Dallas, crumble on national TV. Cowboys take this one by 20 points.
Monday, Sept. 9
Eagles at Redskins, 7:10 p.m., ESPN
Philadelphia defense comes to play and completely shuts down RG3 and Morris. Chip Kelly wins his first game for the Eagles. City throws a parade down Broad Street.
Texans at Chargers, 10:20 p.m. ESPN
Rivers completely shreds the Houston defense to the tune of 300 yards and four TDs for the biggest upset win of the week.