Thursday, September 10, 2015

NFL Preview And Thursday Football Pick

The 2015 NFL season will kick off tonight at Gillette Stadium as the Patriots, the reigning Super Bowl champions, host the Steelers.  Seven months after the Patriots dramatic victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, they will raise their championship banner and then we can finally watch some professional football.

Here is the annual NFL preview.

AFC East

1. New England Patriots
2. Miami Dolphins
3. Buffalo Bills
4. New York Jets

AFC North

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Cleveland Browns
4. Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South

1. Indianapolis Colts
2. Houston Texans
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West

1. San Diego Chargers
2. Denver Broncos
3. Oakland Raiders
4. Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Card

3. Ravens defeat 6. Steelers
5. Texans defeat 4. Chargers

AFC Divisional

1. Patriots defeat 5. Texans
3. Ravens defeat 2. Colts

AFC Championship

1. Patriots defeat 3. Ravens

NFC East

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. Dallas Cowboys
3. New York Giants
4. Washington Redskins

NFC North

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Detroit Lions
4. Chicago Bears

NFC South

1. New Orleans Saints
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. Carolina Panthers
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West

1. Arizona Cardinals
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. St. Louis Rams
4. San Francisco 49ers

NFC Wild Card

6. Cowboys defeat 3. Cardinals
5. Vikings defeat 4. Saints

NFC Divisional

1. Packers defeat 6. Cowboys
2. Eagles defeat 5. Vikings

NFC Championship

2. Eagles defeat 1. Packers

Super Bowl 50

Patriots defeat Eagles

MVP - Tom Brady, Patriots
Offensive Player of the Year - Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Defensive Player of the Year - J.J. Watt, Texans
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Nelson Agholor, Eagles
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Vic Beasley, Falcons
Comeback Player of the Year - Sam Bradford, Eagles
Coach of the Year - Mike Zimmer, Vikings

On to the picks.

Every week during the season I randomly pick five college games and all of the NFL games, as long as there is a line, and pick the winners against the point spread.  I am not very good at this.

Last year, I was surprisingly good in picking the college games with a record of 44-29-2.  Don't expect me to be as good this year.

In the NFL, I went 122-138-5.  While I did finish on a three game winning streak - yes, I picked the winner against the spread in both Conference Championship games as well as the Super Bowl - the overall number is pretty much representative of where I normally finish the season.

You've been warned.

As for my Thursday pick to start this season, I'm going with the PATRIOTS (-7) over the Steelers.

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