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#BITW Challenge. 2017 Edition. WK1
Just wanted to say hi to all six of you that follow this series, and to let you know WE'RE BACK, BAYBAY. Obviously we got started a little late, but let's just assume that Fleegle and I both would've picked New England, because that's what the right pick was, even if it wasn't... know what I'm saying?
Back by (possibly) popular demand, its Year 4 of the Best In The World challenge! Here we go.....
Short but sweet, I love it!
New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Jets went 0-16 this year. In fantasy football, when it came time to draft players for my byes, I looked up the Jets schedule. THAT bad.
How bad are the Jets going to be this year? Rolling with the Bills this week.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears
Imagine an entire off-season of being reminded that you blew the biggest lead in Super Bowl history. Now imagine that you get to face off against the Bears. There ya go.
Even outside of the dome, I don't think the Falcons will have any problems with Da Bears this week.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
(Jon Gruden Voice) The Bengals, they're a funny team man, like they might be good, but they might not ya know? In all seriousness, I don't know what to expect from them this year, but after the injury plagued off-season that the Ravens had, I'm not optimistic about a hot start.
I can't pick my Ravens this week. I just can't. I know preseason doesn't mean a ton, but Flacco not getting ANY reps scares me for this opening week. Bengals should win.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
I don't think the Browns are going to be half as bad as everyone thinks, but I still think they're no match for a fully rested Steelers team.
PLEASE. Steelers. Next?
Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions
Depending on the day, weather, or mood, my opinion of Stafford and the Lions is very different. Were they overrated or underrated last year? I can't figure it out. In any event, Carson Palmer is still technically healthy, so I'm taking the Birds.
This could be a sneaky good game. Time for Matthew Stafford and the Lions to prove something this year. But does that mean they win this week? Nope. Give me the Cardinals in this one.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans
Honestly, I wanted to take Jacksonville. I really did. But I need to see that defense produce before I trust on them to beat anyone, let alone a team with a defense like Houston's.
Blessings to anyone who watches this game. Houston wins.
Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans
Maybe I'm missing something, but everyone seems to be picking Tennessee because Oakland's defense is bad like the Titans are playing behind the Steel Curtain or something. Then again, I'm s'biased.
The fact that the Raiders are an underdog in this game is borderline laughable. Even if the Raiders D gives up 28, they'll score close to 40. Oakland for the win.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
The Eagles had a fairly productive off-season, and while the addition of Terrelle Pryor is interesting, I don't know if the Redskins made up for everything they lost this year, I'm picking the Eagles on a "prove it" pick. (Jon Gruden Voice) Hey man, if people are mad about the name Redskins, they should just call them the Radskins, that would be cool man, like a cool beer on a Tuesday afternoon.
This is a tough game to call, but I like the Eagles to pick up a big division win to start the year.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Rams
I say "Laws An-guh-lees" thanks to Stone Cold Steve Austin, and I really, really wish I didn't. However, the "Laws An-guh-lees" Rams made a bunch of big moves this off-season, trying to fix that line and giving Goff plenty of weapons. If he sucks this year, then he just sucks. Meanwhile, the Colts without Andrew Luck are about as easy to watch as IT... which you should go see after football.
This game is going to be UGLY, folks. Ugly. Coin flip? It came up Rams for the win.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
Why isn't anyone talking about the absolutely monstrous defensive line that the Seahawks built? The secondary is still great, Russell Wilson is still Russell Wilson, and Pete Carroll is obviously getting blood transfusions or something to remain half his actual age, but I think the Seahawks defense could be really special this year. SEA?
Fantastic matchup here. Should be close, and could go either way, but I think the Packers do enough to eek out a close win.
Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers
Who scores more points in this game, the 49ers as a team or Christian McCaffrey by himself? Funny but sad story. In one of my fantasy football leagues, someone dropped Christian McCaffrey to pick up Darren McFadden when Zeke's suspension was supposed to stick.
Dropped Christian McCaffrey.
For Darren McFadden.
Remember that next time you feel stupid.
Boy. Feels like a trap game, doesn't it? But, I still like Carolina to get the job done.
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Look at Dallas' secondary. I'm serious, go to Ourlads or whatever and find Dallas' secondary and tell me if you have ever heard of any of those guys. Then do the same for New York's WR corps. Yeahhhh I'm taking Big Blue.
Big for Dallas to have Zeke back there, but I honestly think they would win this one regardless of if he played or not. Have you seen Dallas' other backs? Anyhow, I like Dallas to win this one.
New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
Don't feel good about this pick at all. I really don't. But I'm going with Minnesota because I think defense wins championships. (Jon Gruden Voice) Yeah man, I love Minestrone. When you're hungover on a Wednesday morning and TGIFridays is closed and you just need something warm,man, love me some Minestrone.
Solid Monday night game. I'll still probably watch more of RAW than this game (sorry, wrestling geek over here), but I love me some Drew Brees and the Saints to take this one
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
I'm taking a big risk here, but I really don't think Los Angeles is as bad as everyone thinks, especially healthy. Plus, John Elway has his pick of three potatos at quarterback, and any one of them could be eaten alive by Joey "Brosa" at halftime.
The annual Week One Insomniac Special! Even if the Broncos offense won't do wonders this year (Trevor Siemien? Still?), they still have more than enough defense to shut down Philip Rivers and win this one.
I took the Seahawks, he took the Packers.
I took the Giants, he took the Cowboys.
I took the Vikings, he took the Saints.
I took the Chargers, he took the Broncos.
Well! There you have it!
I was worried that we might just agree on the picks, but towards the end, we ended up trending very differently.
If you want to call us idiots or geniuses or like our tweets without following us (s'weird), you can follow me at twitter @POTU-, just kidding, @RyanSmithLWOS, and my esteemed colleague Mr. Fleegle at @McFleegle.