Dallas 24, NY Giants 17
I had At NY Giants -4
Was I wrong? Eeeyup. Do I regret the pick? Nnnope.
What I found most interesting about this was that with just over 2 minutes left and the Cowboys leading by 3 and facing 3rd and 12 well out of field goal range, I was absolutely convinced that New York was winning this game.
Can you imagine the facial expression of someone as recently as a year ago if you had told them putting the ball in Eli Manning’s hands for a potential game-winning drive was a virtual mortal lock? Just think about that for a few seconds.
Indianapolis 21, Chicago 41
I had At Chicago -9.5
Well, I was wrong… to be worried about this “high” line. The Bears went ahead and doubled it.
Philadelphia 17, Cleveland 16
I had Philadelphia -8 over Cleveland
There really ought to be a rule against a team like Philadelphia winning on a last-minute touchdown against a team like Cleveland. Like, if you get to the point where that’s in play, the game should be called for Cleveland for doing good enough to deserve it.
Buffalo 28, NY Jets 48
I had Buffalo +3
Our consensus at this point is that Buffalo is that random team everyone thought looked just a little bit sexier than they actually are, right? And the “surprisingly good” vibes I was feeling about New York? Probably should’ve stuck with them.
Washington 40, New Orleans 32
I had Washington +9 (New Orleans outright)
An auspicious start to New Orleans’ scandal-plagued season!
Meanwhile, I can’t wait for everyone to overreact to this win and say RGIII’s going to be a better quarterback than Luck. Remember last year when everyone overreacted to Washington’s Week 1 win over New York? Who was Washington’s quarterback again? Oh, right.
New England 34, Tennessee 13
I had New England -6 over At Tennessee
Yeah, Tennessee sure looks like a playoff team.
Jacksonville 23, Minnesota 26
I had Jacksonville +4
As I suspected, Jacksonville had as much of a chance of winning that game as Minnesota. Still don’t get that line.
Houston 30, Miami 10
I had At Houston -12
I’m not entirely sure I would’ve taken Houston -20, but I would’ve at least thought about it very seriously.
St. Louis 23, Detroit 27
I had At Detroit -8
Is St. Louis surprisingly alive and well, or is Detroit a little overrated? Or is it just one of those games? Or “yes”?
Atlanta 40, Kansas City 24
I had Atlanta -3
That went well.
San Francisco 30, Green Bay 22
I had San Francisco +6 (Green Bay outright)
Do we consider this a statement game for San Francisco?
Carolina 10, Tampa Bay 16
I had Carolina -2.5
Wait, hold on a second, I’ve just realized, and I’m reeling from it…
The Carolina Panthers have a young quarterback who had great success in his rookie season, were surprisingly successful last year, came in this year with rather high, possibly unrealistic expectations, if they start to stink it’s probably going to take like six weeks for gamblers to catch on… guys: I think we’re looking at this year’s Tampa Bay. And they opened the season… against Tampa Bay. I can’t get over the symmetry of this.
Seattle 16, Arizona 20
I had Seattle -2.5
So, I lost track. Are we taking this as a sign that Arizona isn’t going to be as irrelevant as we thought, or that Seattle isn’t going to be as relevant as we thought?
Pittsburgh 19, Denver 31
I had At Denver -1
On a scale of one to infinity, how hilarious was Tracy Porter running back an interception for a 43-yard touchdown to ice a Week 1 win for Peyton Manning?
Cincinnati 13, Baltimore 44
I had At Baltimore -6
Cincinnati had “regression” written all over them and Baltimore is making me feel pretty smug about my preseason Super Bowl pick. (Always a dangerous place to be in Week 1. Stay tuned.)
San Diego 22, Oakland 14
I had: San Diego -1
We learned that the Chargers are better than the Raiders… probably. Which might mean something if we knew if either of them is any good. Of course, it’s the preseason, so–hmm? It isn’t? Oh. Sorry, I was so bored, I assumed…
Week: 10-6 (9-7 outright)