Chappy: It feels like football crept up on us quickly. It feels like just yesterday they were locked out and crying over spilt milk. Now that my fantasy teams are set it’s time to take a look at some of the bets to make this weekend to avenge my losing trip to the Del Mar horse races last weekend. I feel like week 1 is always the toughest to pick, and this year it feels a little tougher to pick with the extremely shortened offseason, and not knowing exactly where all the free agents landed. I’m looking for a bounce back year with my picks. I didn’t have a whole lot of luck last year which might have evened out my extremely successful 2009. Anyways we’re on to year three in the Doin Lines picks, and I think it’s going to be a good one!
By: Doin Lines is back! Woot a mother f**king woot! I’m so excited to yet again, give you all my idiotic thoughts, opinions and overall predictions for another season! I really don’t have much to say as far as an intro to our picks, I’m just so happy and excited that football is back! We all know the NFL is king in terms of sports ratings, so with that being said, LONG LIVE THE KING! Glad the suits were able to get together with the hard hats and hash it out! Now … let’s get this show on the road!
Pittsburgh @ Baltimore (+2.5)
Chappy picks Baltimore (+2.5). Wow starting the year with a pick that I don’t really want to go with, but it’s going to be a great game, so I couldn’t resist. Anytime these two teams meet up, you know it’s going to be close. I feel like Big Ben might have his best season of his career this year, but that might have to start after week 1. I really like taking the points when (A) the home team is the underdog and (B) said home team is looking for some revenge from the season before. I’m scared of this pick because the only time the Ravens did beat them last year was during Big Ben’s four game suspension, but that won’t stop me from throwing them in a parlay.
By picks Detroit (-1.5)
It’s tough to pick the unproven Lions, who are led by an unproven and often injured quarterback to open the season with a win on the road against an upstart Tampa team, but … that’s exactly what I’m going to do here. My mouth salivates thinking about all the weapons Detroit has at its disposal, from Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, to Jahvid Best (who is also injury prone). If this team can stay healthy, watch out. Aside from the potential explosiveness from Detroit’s offense, their defensive line is equally ferocious. Anchored by the fiery Ndamukong Suh, they’re an opposing quarterback’s nightmare, just ask Tom Brady. Plus, I have a gut feeling the Bucs are going to fall into the category of “one step forward, two steps back” from last season to this, and it starts with week one.
Chappy picks Detroit (-1.5). I think the Lions meaningless undefeated pre-season record talked me into this one. Yeah, I get it, preseason means about as much as my opinion, but I feel like Detroit is going to be good this year as long as Stafford can stay on the field. Megatron should have his breakout year pretty soon as he enters his physical prime. I was disappointed in Tampa’s offseason as they seemed to forget to spend some of their money when they had a ton left under the cap. I’m a big Freeman fan, but I just don’t see this one ending in the Bucs favor.
Philadelphia @ St. Louis (+6)
By picks Philadelphia (-6). Although the Eagles haven’t exactly set the world on fire during the pre-season, it is, still … pre-season. Some experts now have Dallas as the favorites out of the East … seriously? What has Tony Romo done to sway their predictions? Anyway, this is about Philly and how they’ll dominate St. Louis. As oppose to listing reasons as to why the Eagles will cover, I’ll ask a few questions. Once you answer them in your own head, you’ll understand. Who on St. Louis will stop Mike Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek? That’s to name a few. Can you see how easily Philly can spread the field? Now, does St. Louis have enough on offense to pose a threat to this stacked Eagles d? Bare in mind, Nnamdi Asomugha will erase half the field. Not sure why the spread is so low, Eagles big.
Cincinnati @ Cleveland (-6.5)
Chappy picks Cleveland (-6.5). I have few rules with my betting in week 1, but this is one I’ve always stood firm by. Bet against any rookie QB starting their first game. This holds even more true after a lockout, and while I don’t have anything against Dalton, I don’t think he’s had enough time to guide this team to a victory in week 1, plus Cincy is far from a contender. Not that Cleveland is, but they looked pretty legit down the stretch last year under Colt (I wish the Raiders picked him) McCoy. If Cincy has a tough time scoring early, Cleveland covers easily.
Tennessee @ Jacksonville (-3)
By picks Tennessee (+3). To be honest, I don’t even know who Luke McCown is, and I’m not even going to Google him. He’s probably just keeping the quarterback seat “luke” warm for Blaine Gabbert anyway. See what I did there? If I stated Matthew Stafford is unproven earlier, then what does that make McCown? And with that being said, that is why I’m going with Tennessee here. It’s crazy how quickly people have pushed aside Matt Hasselbeck. He may not be the Hasselbeck of 2005, but the guy can still sling the rock. Plus there’s some good targets out there in Tennessee, Kenny Brit, Jared Cook. Oh by the way, having Chris Johnson in the backfield is not a bad thing. Long story short, the Titans load the box and force McCown to win the game, which he won’t. Tennessee 21, Jacksonville 10.
Carolina @ Arizona (-7)
Chappy picks Arizona (-7). My week 1 rule applies twice to my picks. Always pick against a rookie making his first career start, and you can count on me parlaying the two rookies in the loss column. I have little to no confidence in Arizona, but of any team in the NFC West, for some reason I think they are the best. They should be able to handle last years worst team. Cam will throw a couple picks and Beanie Wells will run over their terrible defense. Yeah, I just said Beanie Wells is going to play well this weekend, and that will probably be the only time you hear me say that.
NY Giants @ Washington (+4)
By picks NY Giants (-4). This is a situation in which I’m not so much in love with one team, as much as I am in hate with the other. Experts expect big things from the G Men, but I’m still skeptical. Yes, Eli Manning is the best Manning right now, but obviously that’s by default. To this day I don’t believe he has what it takes to win a Super Bowl, and that’s with him already winning a Super Bowl! I know, it doesn’t make sense, right? Yet, it kind of does, huh? But the Giants have plenty of weapons to make up for a sub par quarterback performance where as the Redskins have nothing. Literally … nothing. ‘Nuff said.
New England @ Miami (+6.5)
Chappy picks New England (-6.5). Even though we’ve seen Miami hang tough against the Pats a few times, I don’t see it happening Monday Night. Bellichick had a whole off-season to prepare for this game, and that’s never a good thing for the competition. I feel like Brandon Marshall and Devon Bess could have big games after they are getting blown out against a weak Pats secondary, but that’s a crappy consolation prize. I’m pretty excited to see Daniel Thomas in the backfield for Miami, dude looked like he had some skills in college.
September 9th, 2011 at 11:34 am
After last night I’d like to take the opportunity of thanking Sean Payton and the coaching staff for providing us with that ravenous display by the Saints’ defense . Was that roadkill …… left behind by the Packers ?
Sunday should be something special !
Pity about Manning and the thought that his season may well have now ended before it has even started !
September 9th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Awesome game! I missed the end, but it was a wild shootout like everyone said it would be. I think the Saints will be okay. They just need to figure out how to get a stop on defense and they’ll be okay!
Tough blow for the Colts. I heard a few doctors say they thought he’d never be the same even before the season started, so something had to be up…
September 9th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
You can’t undergo that type of surgery and expect to be back playing within two to three months . I don’t care how esteemed the orthopedic surgeon might be ! It’s never that simple for an athlete in spite of his recuperative well being .
A Simple But Dangerous Mind …….
September 9th, 2011 at 4:48 pm
The scary thing is that if he’s (Manning) undergoing a second surgery where does that now put his career ? I’d hate to think that it could very well end like this !
September 10th, 2011 at 8:12 am
To go with your GoodFellas pic…
“When they found Peyton in the back of that meat truck, it too two days to thaw him out for the autopsy.”
September 10th, 2011 at 11:47 am
I’d like to think the Rams will put up a little bit more of a fight than you say…but we won’t. Ugh.
September 10th, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Three eliminator pools this year, gentlemen.
My week one picks: New England, San Diego and Cleveland.
LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!
September 11th, 2011 at 11:37 am
Care to explain to me what has really changed in lieu of the NFL’s new CBA ? See this as proof that the deal was simply a crock of sh_t to begin with ! Vikings lock up Adrian Peterson to a multi year deal .
I Got The Memo But I Think That There’s Been A Misprint !
September 13th, 2011 at 6:51 am
Rasin’ my glass and remembering Pac ! Ten years to the day since his death !
September 13th, 2011 at 9:37 am
It’s actually been longer since Pac’s death ……. 15 years my bad ! But it’s actually a decade since the death of Aaliyah .
So last night’s game between the Dolphins and Pats became an aerial assault ? Brady went off like a mutha -#$er …….. 500 plus yds !
September 13th, 2011 at 11:06 am
That’s nuts he’s been gone that long. It really doesn’t feel like it, but maybe that’s a sign I’m getting old haha.
Brady always seems to start the year with a bang or a rolled ankle! Lucky for you it wasn’t the ankle!
September 13th, 2011 at 12:11 pm
My worry was the defense was going to find a way of screwing things up ! On the flip side I believe that the team might just have two of the best TE’s in the game at present !
No truth to the rumor is there that McNabb will be getting his AARP card early is there ? 7/15 , 39 yds , 0 TD’s & 0 INT’s …… those are mightily impressive stats for the ol’ timer . Reinsert Brett Favre unto that Vikings roster against the Chargers and would anyone have known the difference ?
Do Not Pass Go Do Not Collect $200
September 13th, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Is this meant to be something novel with David Stern ?
NBA fines Jordan $100K for labor comments
I mean it is MJ that he’s fining !
September 14th, 2011 at 8:47 am
It seems Palin wanting to get ahead even while taking on that first job as a sports reporter and journalist ? She seems to have got a ” ahead ” with Glenn Rice ? Now I can understand why Rice’s career can’t necessarily be seen as an outright success ! But after this revelation who knows ? As Palin she’ll ride something on her way to even more infamy don’t you think ?
September 14th, 2011 at 9:10 am
As long as she’s not trying to run any part of our country I’m all for the move. I just hope she doesn’t end up on nationally televised stuff. Maybe she can cover some salmon fishing up in Alaska…
September 14th, 2011 at 10:06 am
My neighbor and her husband believes that neither Palin or Bachmann can do no wrong if either became POTUS . If that happens my ass in on the first plane outta here to anywhere around the globe barring Afghanistan , Iran , Iraq, Venezuela and Myanmar .
That $100k that Stern fined MJ for being critical of his handling of the NBA lockout was that meant to be a joke ? Because I’m laughing and I get what Jordan is saying !
So Reinsdorf and Ken Williams aren’t clear as to whether or not they want Ozzie back next year for the White Sox ? But apparently the person they might seek to succeed Guillen is none other than the Cardinals’ Tony La Russa . This off season in baseball will see a great deal of intrigue , more so in the managers and executives changing teams .
September 14th, 2011 at 10:24 am
I thought the fine was pretty lame. Then again, a rule is a rule, and he broke it.
Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of movement with managers. I hear Tampa wants Ozzie. What’s the word over in Florida? Is Maddon’s time running out?
September 14th, 2011 at 12:41 pm
The Rays’ I don’t believe will be looking for a new manager ! Maddon’s job is safe but the problem lies with GM Andrew Friedman as his contract is up at the end of this year .
Still no word though on whether or not Billy Beane will remain with the A’s ? Cause for concern given Wolff’s earlier statement of wanting to stand in the way of any opportunities that might be there for his current general manager . The Cubs’ have yet to fill their general manager vacancy on a permanent basis . And less we forget , Cashman and the Yankees have yet to come to a decision on a contract extension even with contract set to expire at the end of the season .
The Marlins simply want Guillen being as McKeon was only given the manager’s position ’til the end of the season . I seriously doubt he wants to retain the post as an octogenarian ! And with the new ballpark set to open next year they (ownership) want someone high profiled and who’s bound to be a magnet for the Hispanic community within South Florida .
If Guillen does leave it’s rumored that Reinsdorf will gauge the interest of the Cardinals’ Tony La Russa . I think that situation is based upon a number of things , most notably whether or not they re-sign Pujols .
September 14th, 2011 at 1:06 pm
If Jordan is being critical because of the intransigence being shown by Stern and the league hierarchy then he has a right to voice his concerns . All he’s done is to say in public what the likes of Dolan , Prohorov and Lacob are known to have said privately . Had that been Cuban who’d voiced his concerns I wonder what the monetary fine might’ve been ?