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Week 1 Picks

8:30 PM Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Dallas
@
NY Giants (-4.0)
Schultz Picks: NY Giants

World Picks: 84.0% - NY Giants
DAL 24 NYG 17 Dallas Wins
Your Pick:

Game one of Week One begins in New York, home of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, and I am not sure the Dallas Cowboys are ready at this time of the season. Jason Witten, coming off a lacerated spleen, has not practice with any consistency and wide receiver Miles Austin and the Cowboys' third cornerback, Michael Jenkins, will not play. And again due to injury, the Cowboys have had four different players at center; a key position of communication and on 3rd downs. Consistent shotgun snaps have to be a concern. This type of adversity is supposed to hit at mid-season, not in game one. For the Giants, Wednesday will be the second-biggest celebration of their Super Bowl success outside of the post-game downtown parade after the actual game. MetLife Stadium holds 82,566 fans and I doubt very many will be vocal for the Cowboys. Last year, the Giants won both games against the Cowboys and ended the season winning seven of their last eight games. And with Eli Manning performing with more confidence than ever, the winning ways should continue. Giants cover the 4.


1:00 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Indianapolis
@
Chicago (-9.5)
Schultz Picks: Chicago

World Picks: 73.6% - Chicago
IND 21 CHI 41 Chicago Wins
Your Pick:

9.5 is a lot of points to give up in Week 1, despite the fact that it's often when the underdogs do well because the teams don't really know their opponents that well. This actually is a good game for Andrew Luck to begin his career. Chicago does not run a complex defense but they do play an aggressive game with sound fundamental football. Bears running back Matt Forte is now being paid as one of the best in the league, so I anticipate he will respond with a good game. If Aaron Rodgers has trouble moving the ball effectively on Chicago, logic says Luck will too. I'll take the Bears to cover the 9.5.


1:00 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Philadelphia (-9.0)
@
Cleveland
Schultz Picks: Philadelphia

World Picks: 86.2% - Philadelphia
PHI 17 CLE 16 Cleveland Wins
Your Pick:

I'm always curious to see why a team is the home underdog, but in this case it's Cleveland. With 15 players on the roster that are rookies, 10 of which are recent draft picks, how will they collectively react against an explosive team like the Eagles? Brandon Weeden did not throw one touchdown pass all pre-season, and now he will try to change that against an exceptional pass rush team like the Eagles. He will also be counting on rookie running back Trent Richardson and rookie right tackle in Mitchell Schwartz. The Eagles to me are a mature battle tested team. The Browns? Not so much. I'll pick the Eagles.


1:00 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

New England (-6.0)
@
Tennessee
Schultz Picks: New England

World Picks: 90.6% - New England
NE 34 TEN 13 New England Wins
Your Pick:

If Jake Locker beats Tom Brady it would be a major Week #1 upset. While Brady is the strength of the Patriots, he does have four good receivers around him in Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker and now Brandon Lloyd. For the Patriots to win it all this year, they need a better pass rush but also health for 16 games from Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder. When those two are healthy, they give Brady all the time that he needs. Can the Patriots stay aggressive and disciplined on against Chris Johnson? Yes they can. I'm going with the Patriots.


1:00 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Atlanta (-3.0)
@
Kansas City
Schultz Picks: Kansas City

World Picks: 61.6% - Atlanta
ATL 40 KC 24 Atlanta Wins
Your Pick:

I like Kansas City this week. First, Atlanta has never been a good road team. The Chiefs have instantly improved at tight end , safety and running back because what was injured last year is now healthy to open the season. I also expect Matt Cassel to have a bounce back year after suffering a broken hand last season. The trio of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez are a major challenge, but so is Arrowhead Stadium. I'm taking the Chiefs to cover.


1:00 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Jacksonville
@
Minnesota (-4.0)
Schultz Picks: Jacksonville

World Picks: 55.0% - Minnesota
JAC 23 MIN 26 Jacksonville Wins
Your Pick:

Of all 16 games in Week 1, this game has the most questions. The amount that Maurice Jones-Drew plays is unknown and the same can be said for the Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson. There are also questions as to how quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder. Here's what I do know. Last season, Jacksonville jumped 22 teams to produce a top 10 defense, and they should be that again this year. Jacksonville keeps it close, and covers the spread.


1:00 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Washington
@
New Orleans (-7.0)
Schultz Picks: New Orleans

World Picks: 91.1% - New Orleans
WSH 40 NO 32 Washington Wins
Your Pick:

I thought for sure the spread in this game would be more than seven points, especially when you consider that last season, the Saints scored 45 ,45 , 49 , 62 and 40 points in five of their home games. I can't see the Redskins match thoes type of point totals. Lost in the Gregg Williams money for hits drama , the Saints replaced him with a good coach on defense with Steve Spagnuolo. Drew Bress will become more of a leader for the Saints because he will do what he does best, score points. I think the Saints will cover.


1:00 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Buffalo
@
NY Jets (-2.5)
Schultz Picks: Buffalo

World Picks: 64.3% - Buffalo
BUF 28 NYJ 48 NY Jets Wins
Your Pick:

Like many of you, I wonder what is going on with the Jets. I think if they really dedicate to the "ground and pound" mentality, that they will have a good chance of a winning season and a possible playoff appearance, but I'm sure if that level of patience is there. When you look at the Bills roster they are very strong on the defensive line, and not only in terms of starters but quality depth. That's why I pick the Bills to win outright. It also helps that I think Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better quarterback than Mark Sanchez. I'm going with the Bills.


1:00 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

St. Louis
@
Detroit (-7.0)
Schultz Picks: Detroit

World Picks: 93.1% - Detroit
STL 23 DET 27 St. Louis Wins
Your Pick:

I'm not sure how good St. Louis is, but I do know that outside of Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, the next best arm in football belongs to Matthew Stafford. The Lions also have the most physically intimidating receiver in Calvin Johnson. Sam Bradford does not have a Calvin Johnson on his roster, not even close. If the Rams can run effectively with Steven Jackson, win time of possession and keep the Lions' offense off the field, the game could be close. If the Lions score first though, it means the Rams have to play catch up, and Detroit has too many good pass rushers to let that happen. I'm going with the Lions.


1:00 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Miami
@
Houston (-10.0)
Schultz Picks: Houston

World Picks: 89.5% - Houston
MIA 10 HOU 30 Houston Wins
Your Pick:

The Dolphins are a mess; the Texans are not. Ryan Tannenhill will make his pro football debut against one of the best defences in football. If they had a good running game or proven, big-play receivers to support their young QB, you never know. But they don't. In all likelihood, there will be many 3rd and long situations that Tannehill will experience: tough assignment. For Houston, right tackle is an issue, but that's about it. Houston rolls, covers the 10.


4:25 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

San Francisco
@
Green Bay (-5.5)
Schultz Picks: San Francisco

World Picks: 61.3% - Green Bay
SF 30 GB 22 San Francisco Wins
Your Pick:

The way I look at this is simple. The Packers have the better quarterback, while the 49ers have the better team. Can Alex Smith use his upgrade at receiver, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham to give the offence options outside Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree? Can the Packers' defense improve from the one that broke an NFL record for most passing yards allowed? One offense is the master at making plays, while the other is at its best avoiding mistakes. Sounds like a field goal game to me. I'm taking the 49ers.


4:25 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Seattle (-3.0)
@
Arizona
Schultz Picks: Arizona

World Picks: 54.5% - Seattle
SEA 16 ARI 20 Arizona Wins
Your Pick:

Both teams have made a decision from what they invested in to who is playing the best. Russell Wilson has out-played Matt Flynn so he has the job and John Skelton has out-played Kevin Kolb so he has the job. Which will play the best is the biggest question here in Week 1. What is interesting is that at 6'6 Skelton can throw between the hash marks. Wilson is 5'1 and completing passes between the hash marks may be a problem. Early in the season I will take the height and experience of Skelton over the unknown of Wilson. Arizona wins.


4:25 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Carolina (-1.0)
@
Tampa Bay
Schultz Picks: Carolina

World Picks: 79.6% - Carolina
CAR 10 TB 16 Tampa Bay Wins
Your Pick:

One team is trying to improve, while the other has improved already and is looking to make another move up the standings. Cam Newton's 35 combined touchdowns last season were more than what nine other NFL teams had. There is no reason why he should not be better than ever with a second year of experience and a full training camp to learn from. Their defensive coordinator Ron Rivera has had so much history of success that it is hard not to think that this year's starting 11 will be better than last years. Carolina is my surprise team for 2012, step one starts in Florida against the Bucs. Carolina covers.


8:20 PM Sunday, September 09, 2012

Pittsburgh
@
Denver (-2.0)
Schultz Picks: Denver

World Picks: 54.5% - Denver
PIT 19 DEN 31 Denver Wins
Your Pick:

It is hard not to get wrapped up in Payton Manning as quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Through the exhibition season, Manning completed 70 per cent of his passes and three interceptions but two were tipped. The upgrade at QB from one year to the next is staggering. In reality, the eight wins of last year for the Broncos was because of dominance on defense and the offense just doing enough. Not this year. If the defense can perform equal to last year, you know Manning will improve the offense dramatically. With Pittsburgh, the running game may be a problem but should be offset by Ben Roethlisberger, who has had a great camp. This one will probably come down to last possession and efficiency. I'm going with the feel-good story of Manning. Broncos by three.


7:00 PM Monday, September 10, 2012

Cincinnati
@
Baltimore (-6.0)
Schultz Picks: Cincinnati

World Picks: 79.6% - Baltimore
CIN 13 BAL 44 Baltimore Wins
Your Pick:

Two thoughts here: the Ravens are an excellent home team (they had nine wins – including playoffs – and no losses at home last year) and they beat the Bengals twice last year. Truth is, the Bengals, who finished 9-7 did not beat a team with a winning record. Now this year, with a full training camp, Andy Dalton should be as good as ever and one step closer to competing and winning the most important games (Steelers, Ravens) within the division. As much as Dalton and A.J. Green attract a lot of publicity, the Bengals finished the season with a top 10 defence. Although they have had time to adapt, Baltimore will miss Terrell Suggs and his aggressive pass rushing skillset. John Harbaugh is 4-0 in home openers, but this one will not be easy as they try to achieve number five. Ravens will win, but the Bengals will keep it close - Bengals.


10:15 PM Monday, September 10, 2012

San Diego (-1.0)
@
Oakland
Schultz Picks: San Diego

World Picks: 55.4% - San Diego
SD 22 OAK 14 San Diego Wins
Your Pick:

The best player on the field will be Darren McFadden, but the better quarterback is Philip Rivers. To be truly competitive this year, each team has very specific needs to improve. For the Chargers, it's third down defence: statistically, no other team had a harder time getting off the field on third down. For the Raiders it's run defence: Oakland allowed 5.1 yards per carry on average throughout the season. And that was with two very good defensive tackles in Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly and a good middle linebacker Rolondo McClain. Can Carson Palmer regain his youth? Can the Chargers rebuild the left side of the offensive line with the absence of Marcus McNeil and retirement of the very good Chris Dielman. We will find out a lot on Monday night. Chargers by 3.




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