TGIF Thank God It’s Football
It’s finally here! 2011 NFL season kicks off Thursday and what more can you ask than Green Bay vs. New Orleans matchup? This could be the best game of the season, in the very first game of the year. Or maybe not, who knows? We haven’t played a down of regular season football, so really anything can happen.
Peter King at SI has predicted Atlanta vs. San Diego in the Super Bowl this season, so it’s safe to bet that’s going to happen, since the football Buddha successfully predicted a Packers-Steelers matchup in last year’s issue.
With all that being said, and nothing proven quite yet, here is the Sports Minion’s Top 10 NFL teams coming into week one.
TOP 10 NFL TEAMS: WEEK ONE
What’s to Love: Best RB-WR duo in the NFL with Johnson & Foster. A Chris Berman-esque nickname awaits.
What sucks: History. The Texans have never made it to the post season.
What’s to Love: 10+ wins every season since 2002; Manning threw for 4,700 yards last season
What’s to Love: a healthy, non-holding out V-Jax & a presently healthy Gates
What sucks: RB position is still questionable; two losses to Oakland last season
What’s to Love: 12-4 last season, no significant losses; Aging Lewis led Ravens D with 139 tackles
What sucks: Not much depth at Receiver or Tight End. Anquan Boldin had career low production last season.
What sucks: Getting to the Quarterback/Sack production. After Abraham’s 13 sack season, Jonathan Babineaux ranks 2nd among Atlanta Falcons with a mere 4 sacks.
What sucks: Will Smith out for the first two games; secondary: only 9 INTs as a team last season, Baltimore’s Reed had 8.
What’s to Love: Two straight seasons with AFC Championship game appearances; Plaxico Burress signing
What sucks: Two straight seasons with AFC Championship losses (’09 Colts 30-17; ’10 Steelers 24-19); Plax hasn’t played since 2008
What’s to Love: Big free agent acquisitions bolster an already impressive lineup; 1,000 yard seasons from both “Seans”
What sucks: Much of the defensive unit is gone, leaving a mostly unproven set of linebackers; will Vick’s body hold up or shatter like T-1000
What’s to Love: Ridiculously good defense, no suspensions for Big Ben this season (so far)
What’s to Love: Chad Ochocinco adds his flavor onto a team that went 14-2 last season; Tom Brady. Brady had 4 INTs all of last year. Bill Belichick is a winner.
What sucks: Not much. Hate ‘em all you want, but the Patriots machine is tough to beat. Running back is still not where it could be.
SUPER BOWL PREDICTION: NEW ENGLAND OVER GREEN BAY (I know, very original)