It's Finally Football Time [NFL Week 1 Live Thread]
Indianapolis at Chicago: Andrew Luck makes his debut, giving Colts fans hope. That hope should be extinguished after a few minutes, when they remember the rest of the team was 2-14 last year.
Philadelphia at Cleveland: Dream Team 2.0 gives it another go, hopefully a little wiser this time. Oh wait, Juan Castillo is still defensive coordinator? Never mind. Meanwhile, Browns fans will be too busy dancing on Art Modell's grave to notice their team sucks again.
St. Louis at Detroit: The biggest issue with Sam Bradford's development has been an offensive line that has failed to protect him. They traded for Wayne Hunter a few weeks ago, and now face a dominant and sometimes felonious Detroit defensive line. This should end well.
New England at Tennessee: The Patriots should be excellent on offense, and in theory not as terrible on defense as a year ago. I have no idea what to say about the Titans.
Atlanta at Kansas City: Once again the Falcons are considered a potential break out team. The Chiefs, on the other hand, consider step 1 to be getting through the game with everyone's ACL in tact.
Jacksonville at Minnesota: Since we don't know for sure who will be good or not, it's too early to give a game the "Woof" designation. However...
Washington at New Orleans: The Saints and their fans will be loud, annoyed, and ready to take out some frustration on someone. Have a fun debut RGIII!
Buffalo at NY Jets: Over/Under on how many snaps before Sanchez is booed: 2.5. Bet the under.
Miami at Houston: Arian Foster is a game-time decision, which isn't that big a deal unless you care about fantasy football a little too much. That's because despite losing Mario Williams, the Texans still have Messers Watt, Barwin, Cushing, and Reed to make Ryan Tanehill's life a living nightmare.
Note these games start at 4:25 this year.
San Francisco at Green Bay: Your game of the day. The Niners have been tabbed as a favorite by some, and a regression candidate by others. Opening the season against the one NFC favorite no one disputes will be a good early test. For the Packers, it's the first glance to see if they actually have a competent pass rush this year.
Seattle at Arizona: It's an expensive battle of clipboard holders between Matt Flynn and Kevin Kolb. On the field it will be Russell Wilson, darling of the preseason, versus John Skelton, darling of the Skelton household.
Carolina at Tampa Bay: The Panthers are getting some sleeper talk, fueled by Year 2 of the Cam Newton Experience. The Bucs should also be better, since most teams don't start quitting on their coach until at least Week 10.
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Pittsburgh at Denver: We know Pittsburgh will be on national TV a lot, since the national media is in love with them in a way everyone who isn't a Steelers fan is not. We also know Denver will spend a lot of time on national TV, due to Peyton Manning. Might as well get the first one for both teams out of the way now.
Q it up here through Week 1. The NFL is finally back, folks.