NFL Picks : Carnell Knowledge Week 1

First up for sports fans is Offsides is returning to CFRC tomorrow afternoon at 4pm. Tyler King back in the chair and Neate Sager is our first guest back. Neate now runs the Junior Hockey blog for Yahoo Sports Canada. I’ll be doing my usual technical producer duties and getting the guests on the phone. So for those who used to listen that means the day has changed. Will air on Thursdays at 4pm as opposed to the old Friday slot.

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/juniorhockey/blog/buzzing_the_net

http://twitter.com/tyler_king

Queen’s is 0-1 and the home opener is Sunday afternoon at 1pm. I will not be doing the game. After 4 full seasons of doing every game I’m taking some off this season. Ironically my work schedule is much easier in 2010, don’t have to work Fridays. I read this post again about the 2009 season and wonder how exactly I pulled that off for a full Vanier Cup run.

https://saltwatermusic.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/november-1st/

Back to the NFL picks, after a slow August on the blog. Did this last year so doing it again. Think we will stick with a name a listener in Connecticut gave in 2009. Cat gave the name to use on a radio segment or something along those lines. She came up with “Carnell Knowledge”. A good title especially since someone else came up with it. Lot of these “pick segments” on radio or tv have a title. But this one has a better pun. Makes you stop for at least a second.

Carnell Knowledge Week 1

Thinking of a new wrinkle this season. Might have other people pick the weekly winners as well against me. People I know through the radio show, Facebook, Twitter, etc. With the first week starting on a Thursday I’ll try that idea for Week 2. I’m not a big fan of the Thursday game myself. Friday night would make more sense for me.

Listed are the games, and after them the team I’m picking this week followed by whatever thoughts I have about the game.

This week starts early with the Thursday kickoff game which is…

Minnesota at New Orleans. SAINTS.

Rematch of the NFC Championship game or the “Favre gives the Minnesota fan base a stomach punch” game. Most memorable thing that night was working late that night and checking out blogs of Green Bay Packer fans. The joy from them was insane. Not surprising. Either Brett was going to lose in a heartbreaking end to a season or get to a Super Bowl. That’s a ‘feast or famine’ situation if you are a Green Bay fan.

As for this game I’m going with New Orleans. It’s last year’s Vikings but without Sidney Rice for a few weeks and Brett’s bum ankle of course.

Miami at Buffalo. DOLPHINS.

Preseasons aren’t always a good barometer. This year the Bills didn’t look horrible and Miami didn’t look great so I could see Buffalo winning. Week 1 is always weird. Strange things happen as it’s like when you went back to school after the summer. First week you’re getting back into the swing of things. In this case that means one team can be surprised quite easily. Still going for Miami since not much of a home field advantage for Buffalo in early September.

Detroit at Chicago. LIONS.

Picking Detroit to win a season opener in Chi-town. At least they have had the same QB and system from last season. Bears have Jay Cutler but Mike Martz on staff now so a different offense. See some growing pains there.

Oakland at Tennessee. TITANS.

Raiders do look like they might finally get up to mediocrity in 2010. That’s saying a lot for them. Jason Campbell at QB who always had a raw deal in Washington. I’m a Redskins fan and they changed things so much from year to year he never had a chance. I can see the Raiders getting better as the season goes along since their division sucks. But Titans will be too much for them right now.

Cincinnati at New England. PATRIOTS.

Battle of the QB’s with knee surgeries. Palmer has never been the same since that Steelers playoff game. Brady had a good year last year and threw for over 4000 yards. Most people don’t view it like that. Playoff loss against the Ravens was a bad one however not enough to make me think the Patriots are done.

Carolina at New York Giants. GIANTS.

A game I will not be watching, unless I want to see the new stadium.

Atlanta at Pittsburgh. FALCONS.

Falcons over the backup QB. Like how people are saying Big Ben has behaved himself. A few months without bringing a college girl into some dingy bathroom and have a guy block the doorway. What an outstanding citizen. Golf clap from everyone.

Cleveland at Tampa Bay. Ugh [Part 1], I mean BROWNS.

Jake Delhomme is getting more money this season then Tom Brady and Peyton Manning COMBINED. Wrap your head around that. A little over $19 million for Jake.

Denver at Jacksonville. BRONCOS.

With Tebow being a Bronco it will seem like a Denver home game even if he doesn’t play a down.  I don’t see him being a great QB but why Jacksonville didn’t draft him is head scratching.  Most famous QB in Florida would help sell tickets and merchandise for a team no one cares about.  That’s not anything about how good the teams are. I just don’t have much of an opinion on either one.  Word I can come up with is “middling”.

Indianapolis at Houston. TEXANS.

If Houston is finally going to make the playoffs this is the game they better win. A chance to knock off the Colts at home. They’ve had the chance before and choked it away. Sage Rosenfels decided he was a hurdler and jump in the air while they had a lead near the end of a game. And he’s a QB by the way. Saw this game live on TV.  Shook my head a few times as the Texans blew another one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCkUzetbXx4

Move onto the 4pm games.

San Francisco at Seattle. Ugh [Part 2], 49ERS.

Not buying San Fran and Seattle is rebuilding with a lot of young guys.

Green Bay at Philadelphia. PACKERS.

Green Bay offense is running on all cylinders so they should overrun the new look Eagles.

Arizona at St. Louis. Ugh [Part 3], CARDINALS.

Maybe it will be a tie. Arizona was a playoff team with Kurt ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Warner now they’re dropped off a cliff. The Rams are the Rams.  Nuff said.

Dallas at Washington, Sunday Night. COWBOYS.

McNabb playing? Probably but you never know. Even if he is I’d say Dallas has his number after the end to last year. Which ended my 13 year running joke of Dallas not winning a playoff game.  Thanks Donovan.

2 Monday Night games, Baltimore at New York Jets. RAVENS.

Early pick for the most overrated team during the offseason in a long time is the Jets. Playoff run consisted of Jets beating the Bengals, the exact same team who gave up in Week 17 against NY which got them into the playoffs. Then defeating San Diego who are the San Jose Sharks of the NFL. Chargers/Sharks always lose earlier than predicted. It’s a way of life with those Californian teams. Speaking of SD they play the late game on Monday.

San Diego at Kansas City. CHARGERS.

However the late Monday game was weird last year. Raiders looked good in it last year and almost beat the Chargers. San Diego might be half-asleep to start a season again.

So the longest blog post in a few months.  ‘Offsides’ Thursday at 4pm, ‘Salt Water Music’ Friday at 6pm and ‘Queen’s Football’ Sunday at 1pm.

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