By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN’s NFL Picks: Week Two
NEW HAVEN, Ct. – Last week, it was the people of New Orleans who had to relive the horrors of devastation in the aftermath of a hurricane. This week, the NFL’s Week Two schedule has already been changed due to the threat of even more bad weather.
Due to the importance of allowing the Houston area to focus on its recovery from the expected arrival of Hurricane Ike on Friday, the Houston Texans’ home game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens has been re-scheduled for Monday night at Reliant Stadium at 7:30 PM Houston time (8:30 PM ET).
The game originally was scheduled to be played on Sunday at 3:15 PM Houston Time (4:15 PM ET). The game will be televised on local CBS stations in the primary and secondary markets of the Texans (Houston, Beaumont-Port Arthur, and Bryan, Tx.) and the Ravens (Baltimore; Washington, D.C. ; Salisbury ; and Harrisburg, Pa. ).
BASN’s thoughts and prayers go out to our many friends and readers within the Houston area. When one considers what we as a nation experienced just seven years ago this week, it’s just another constant reminder of just how precious life is.
FACTOID OF THE WEEK
Since realignment in 2002, 42 of the 72 playoff teams (58.3 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2. Four of the past seven Super Bowl champions began their seasons with a 1-1 or 0-2 record, including the Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Giants, who started last season at 0-2.
Brett Favre will be playing in his 255th consecutive game Sunday. What active player has the second longest consecutive game streak?
A. Ronde Barber B. Peyton Manning C. Derrick Brooks D. Jon Runyan
(Answer will come at the end of this column).
LAST WEEK: 9-7
Considering the opening day surprises, we’ll take a 9-7 week any day. We tried to warn you about the Bills and Panthers (okay, we got lucky in San Diego!!!!), but the Colts and Redskins let us down big time. We probably were a bit stubborn about a couple of games (i.e. Dolphins, Vikings), but as you know, I like to take chances.
BEARS at PANTHERS
One week into the season and already we have a pair of interesting battles between unbeatens within the NFC. (We’ll take a look at the other one later.) Both teams are coming off huge road wins: Carolina at San Diego in the final minutes; Chicago at Indy’s Lucas Oil Stadium debut. While Carolina’s win came in the final minutes, Da Bears used a strong running game to wear down the Colts. Rookie running back Matt Forte churned out 123 yards for Chi-town, including a 50-yard TD run. What made Carolina’s win even more improbable, they did it without super wideout Steve Smith, who’s on a two-game suspension. I don’t think Jake and the Fatboys can pull it off this week.
PATRIOTS at JETS
If someone had told you back in January that the Jets-Patriots game in Week Two would feature a quarterback battle between Matt Cassell (Who???) versus Brett Favre, how fast would you have had them committed?? Well, talk about truth being crazier than fiction. Team Tivo will now have to venture into a brave new world without America’s sweetheart calling signals. They were able to get outta Dodge with a win against the punchless Chiefs. Meanwhile, Ol’ No. 4 showed all of his tricks and dumb luck as Gang Green was able to outlast the Fish. In his arrogance (or ignorance), the Boorish Mr. B has yet to bring in a veteran QB to sit behind Cassell. The Jets have beaten the Pats at the Meadowlands since September of 2000. I think that streak ends this Sunday.
STEELERS at BROWNS
An extra large can of whupass is the one thing that was common between the season openers of these long time rivals. The Black and Gold opened up one at home against the Texans last week while Cleveland had one opened up on them from the Cowboys. Needless to say, but Romeo’s boys have not fared well against Pittsburgh. Including last year’s sweep, the Steelers have beaten the Browns 10 straight times. To make matters worse, Cleveland’s defense gave up 487 yards in the loss to Dallas. As much as I’d like to see Cleveland bounce back, I get the feeling that they will be asking the bad man to make it stop by halftime.
EAGLES at COWBOYS
Do me this one favor. If anyone you know mentions Jessica Simpson when talking about this game, please pop them one for me, will ya? Now that I’ve got that outta my system, lets talk about the game. Both teams were impressive in their debuts last week especially Donovan McNabb, who threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns against the porous Rams defense. We already mentioned the nasty things Dallas did to Cleveland. To me, the game will be won by the team that controls the line of scrimmage. Right now, I’ll just give a slight edge to Dallas because their at home.
Chargers over Broncos: Call it the pissed off LT factor, plus the fact that I’m not sold on Denver after one scrimmage.
Packers over Lions: The Boys from Motown will keep it close, but the Cheeseheads should still pull it out.
Titans over Bengals: Time is slowly running out for Mr. Lewis.
Colts over Vikings: I’d really be shocked if Indy comes out flat for two straight weeks.
Bills over Jags: This game will make folks stand up and take notice of Buffalo.
Raiders over Chiefs: I know Oakland looked awful Monday night, but K.C.’s offense could make a dent against the Pats’ aging defense.
Giants over Rams: It’ll probably be ugly, but Big Blue will still prevail.
Redskins over Saints: Just a hunch that Da Skins aren’t a bad as they played last Thursday.
Seahawks over 49ers: Because someone has to win this game.
Bucs over Falcons: Mr. Ryan meet Mr. Brooks…..Mr. Brooks meet Mr. Ryan……POW!!!!!!
Cardinals over Dolphins: Kurt Warner vs. Chad Pennington……..What is this???……The ex-New Yorkers Bowl being played in the retirement village of Glendale???……
C. The Florida State standout has started in 193 straight games for the Buccaneers. Runyan is third with 177, with Manning fourth at 161. Brooks’ teammate, Barber, is next with 136.