Our first week of NFL Pick’em for the season has a nice mix of opinions. The participants for this week are:
Jason Alpert- Our guest opinion of the week, Jason is the Sports Editor for The Aggie.
Joey Kistler- Joey is a veteran member of the KDVS Sports Department. In addition to being a normal member of Aggie Talk on Tuesday nights, He has been part of the online broadcast of the UC Davis Men’s Soccer team with Dave Anderson.
Kartar Singh- Kartar is one of the incoming Freshman, and one of the new members of the Sports Department, having joined at the start of this quarter.
Edwin Gonzalez- Edwin just joined the Sports Department like Kartar, although he is a Junior transfer and not a Freshman.
Trevor Kuss- Trevor is a returning member of the Sports Department and the current Associate Sports Director. Along with being a normal member on Aggie Talk, he is part of the broadcast team for Aggie home Football games this fall.
Seattle @ Chicago
Jason Alpert- Chicago. The Bears defense has been punishing opponents this year, and the seahawks will be no exception.
Joey Kistler- Chicago. Seattle is still struggling. Pete Carroll still hasn’t won me over yet with his return to NFL. Hasselback with 6 int on the year is not going to do well against the great Chicago defense. Chicago wins big at home.
Edwin Gonzalez-Chicago. The Bears are off to a fast start this season. Jay Cutler will be back under center. Expect the Bears Defense to roar the Seahawks out of Soldier Field.
Kartar Singh- Chicago. Jay Cutler doesnt implode just yet. Chicago wins in going away fashion
Trevor Kuss- Chicago. The Bears have shown a lot early this season. While I remain skeptical of any offense run by Mike Martz, I think the Defense is going to completely contain the Seahawks offense.
Miami @ Green Bay
Jason Alpert- Packers. Both teams are coming off tough losses, but the edge goes to Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers is set to play despite receiving a concussion last week.
Joey Kistler- Dolphins. Tough game to call here. Miami is undefeated away, and Green Bay is undefeated at home. Charles Woodson is back which is good for the GB defense. I think if Miami can work effectively from the wildcat with Brown and Williams, they can pull out at tight win on the road. Miami wins by a last minute field goal in a very low scoring game
Edwin Gonzalez- Packers. Injuries do seem to be taking a toll on the Pack. I expect Aaron Rodgers to brush aside his injuries to carry this team to victory on a TD winning drive.
Kartar Singh- Packers. Rodgers comes back and takes the high powered packers passing offense to the end zone multiple times.
Trevor Kuss- Dolphins. The loss of Jermichael Finley will hurt the Packers, add to that Rodgers being shaken up last week and I think the Dolphins squeak out a close one.
San Diego @ St Louis
Jason Alpert- Chargers. Come on bolts, you already lost to the Raiders, please don't lose to the Rams.
Joey Kistler- Chargers. Many think Chargers are the big favorite, but i don’t necessarily think so. Both teams coming off a tough loss from the previous week. The Rams offensive production has been bad so far, but part of me thinks the special teams comes up big for the Rams as the Chargers have allowed 3 kickoff/punt tds so far. However, Rivers comes up big in the 4th quarter to take it. Chargers win by less than expected.
Edwin Gonzalez- Chargers. My team is coming off an embarrassing loss to the joke of the NFL aka the Raiders! I expect the defense to turn up the heat on Sam Bradford and knock him out of the game. Also Phillip Rivers is so heated that he will throw for 4 TDs against the laughable Rams Defense. ‘Nuff Said!!!!
Kartar Singh- Chargers. Phillip Rivers rights the ship this week. San Diego wins big.
Trevor Kuss- Rams. I’m biased, but even as a Rams fan I don’t have much confidence in this pick. The Chargers has been awful while not at home this year, having yet to get a win on the road and I’m hoping that trend continues.
Baltimore @ New England
Jason Alpert- Ravens. Game of the week. The Moss-less Patriots will need Wes Welker and newly acquired Deion Branch to really step up if they have any shot of topping the Ravens. Because of that, I'll go with the Ravens as the Patriots still try to adjust to the new offense.
Joey Kistler- Ravens. Biggest game of the week in my opinion. Great Baltimore defense vs. a
New England offensive who always finds way to get it done. I think the defense wins out after a couple of big hits on Tom Brady. Baltimore wins, Brady loses.
Edwin Gonzalez- Ravens. “Defense Wins Championships!” Of course the Ravens haven’t won a Super Bowl in a while but they definitely embarrassed the Patriots last year in the playoffs. I expect Ray Lewis to dominate Tom Brady. You need proof? The dude isn’t even man enough to make a decision on his hair. Oh yeah I almost forgot, no Randy Moss either.
Kartar Singh- Ravens. Going to be interesting to see how the Patriots’ offense fairs without Moss. With that being said, the Ravens defense shuts the Pats down. Baltimore wins by a field goal
Trevor Kuss- Ravens. The Ravens are my pick to go to the Super Bowl in the AFC, While the Patriots just traded away Tom Brady’s best offensive weapon. I don’t think the more to reacquire Deion Branch will make a big enough difference in favor of the Patriots.
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay
Jason Alpert- Saints. Saints have been struggling and the Bucs have been playing surprisingly well. I'll give the edge to the Saints as they try to rebound from losing a game in which all the touchdowns were scored while the Saints defense was on the sideline.
Joey Kistler- Saints. New Orleans actually showed its weaknesses against Arizona last week. However, you are not going to take 2 in a row from them. The buccaneers defense has looked good so far, but they will need some more offensive production as this will be a low scoring game.
Edwin Gonzalez- Saints. The Super Bowl Champs got embarrassed last week by Arizona. Arizona? Dang. Regardless, I expect Drew Brees to rile up his team with one of those crazy pre-game pump up chants and win this game.
Kartar Singh- Buccaneers. The Defending World Champs vs perhaps the biggest surprise team of the year so far. Tampa Bay is at home and Josh Freeman doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Tampa Bay by a Touchdown
Trevor Kuss- Buccaneers. Upset Special of the week. I think Tampa Bay is going to do their best job at trying to help the city forget about the disappointment that came from the Tampa Bay Rays play against the Rangers in the ALDS. Josh Freeman and the Bucs by a field goal.
Detroit @ NY Giants
Jason Alpert- Giants. I have a feeling its going to be a good weekend for any professional sports team named "Giants."
Joey Kistler- Giants. Detroit has not been as bad of a team this year as their record shows, but the Giants seemed to figure out what has gone wrong the beginning of the season last week against the formidable Texans. Home field helps Eli and the Giants come out with a big win. NY big over the lions.
Edwin Gonzalez- Giants. Yes the Lions have played better and if not for some better luck should have a better record. Still Eli Manning dominated last weekend and I expect him to continue on that roll.
Kartar Singh- Giants. The Giants seem to have finally figured out how to play football. With the division lead and Detroit still without Stafford, the Giants win big
Trevor Kuss- Giants. The Giants got a late start on the year, clearly forgetting that the season started until week 4. luckily for them they played the Panters in week 1 instead of a real team. After great wins against the Bears and Texans the Giants shouldn’t have a problem dealing with the Lions.
Atlanta @ Philadelphia
Jason Alpert- Falcons. Atlanta has really put it all together this season and the Eagles are struggling to find a consistent offensive game plan.
Joey Kistler- Falcons. The only way Phily has a chance to win is if Vick plays most of the game. He’s not starting currently and Mccoy is listed as probably with about 5 other potential starters. The Falcons havn’t been tested so far with a strong runner like Mccoy, so only if they can get Mccoy and Vick out there to run all over the field, the Eagles lose it at home. Matty Ice and the Falcons take one on the road.
Edwin Gonzalez- Eagles. I expect this game to be close. How close? I’m not completely convinced of my pick. Kevin Kolb will start for Michael Vick as he continues to heal. Kolb is definitely a big question mark. The Eagles Defense will give Matt Ryan trouble but he is improving every week and might be able to pull off the upset. You cannot miss this game.
Kartar Singh- Eagles. Vick comes back from his injury this week and gets to play his former team. Vick comes back and lights it up again. Philly wins big.
Trevor Kuss- Falcons. Despite some struggles the Falcons have shown great talent on both sides of the ball. The Eagles are good but have a number of injuries; Even if McCoy plays he won’t be 100% and Kolb will get the starting nod over Michael Vick. It’ll be a close one but I’ll take the Falcons.
Cleveland @ Pittsburgh
Jason Alpert- Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger, 'nuff said.
Joey Kistler- Steelers. Nothing too much to talk about here. Big Ben is back against a horrendous Cleveland defense. And Troy Polamalu will cause all sorts of trouble for Seneca or Jake. Big win for Pitt at home. Cleveland doesn’t score more than 6 points.
Edwin Gonzalez- Steelers – Big Ben is back with a vengeance. The Browns are going to catch “Terrible Towel” fever and go back to Cleveland with another loss.
Kartar Singh- Steelers. The Jake Delhome experiment didn’t pan out the way the Browns wanted to and to add even more to the pot, Big Ben comes back this week, spelling disaster for Cleveland. Pittsburgh in a blowout
Trevor Kuss- Steelers. The Browns are awful and the Steelers get Big Ben back. This could be an equation for a blow out.
Kansas City @ Houston
Jason Alpert- Texans. Houston is for real, and Kansas City needs to realize its not a good team.
Joey Kistler- Texans. Another nice matchup for this week. Chiefs starting off really strong surprisingly, but yet they didn’t play anyone that good. Both coming off losses to a Manning Brother. I’m very undecided but I think Arian Foster running ability pulls the Texans through. Chiefs fall late. Texans run over the Chiefs.
Edwin Gonzalez- Texans. The Texans have gotten embarrassed the past two weeks. I expect that to change with Arian Foster having a big game. Brian Cushing also had another week of practice so I think the rust is off and will stuff the Chiefs running game.
Kartar Singh- Texans. Houston and that great passing attack along with the surprise of the year, Arian Foster, will be too much for Kansas City. Houston in a tight one
Trevor Kuss- Texans. As the founder of the Houston Texans fan club I should feel confident in this pick, after losses to the Cowboys and Giants I am anything but confident. Texans win a surprisingly close one as the Chiefs starts to make people believe that they’re at least not as bad as everything thought they were going to be.
Oakland @ San Francisco
Jason Alpert- 49ers. Ugh. Ugliest game of the week. Niners can't win and the Raiders are, well, the Raiders. San Francisco will get its first win of the season.
Joey Kistler- Raiders. Bay area brawl. This is going to be ugly folks. Neither teams is that good. But the advantage goes to the motivated Raiders who have felt what it was like to win a couple times this season.
Edwin Gonzalez- Raiders. As much as I hate the Raiders I don’t seem them losing the Bay Area Battle. After all they are playing the 49ers, a team that each week finds ways to lose games.
Kartar Singh- 49ers. This is the week the 49ers will finally get their first win. Alex Smith finally puts it together, Gore holds on to the ball, and the defense gets pressure on Gradkowski. Niners by 10
Trevor Kuss- 49ers. At some point things have to go right for the Niners, with the amount of talent they have on both sides of the ball it is shocking that they are still win-less on the year. At least they get to play the Raiders who have had plenty of struggles of their own this season.
NY Jets @ Denver
Jason Alpert- Jets. New York can run the ball incredibly well and the Broncos have struggled to to stop the ground attack.
Joey Kistler- Jets. A nice match up here. Jets have shown why they were picked by many to go all the way to the end. And taking down the Vikings was a nice feat. The Broncos have not been horrible this year. Orton has really had some good moments. However, Moreno the top runner for Denver went to a rival school of my undergraduate university, which makes me not favor the Broncos. The Jets keep the hard knocks coming.
Edwin Gonzalez- Jets. LT still has moves and he will be facing a team he has played many times. Also the Jets D is just scary even if Revis is not able to go.
Kartar Singh- Jets. The new and improved Mark Sanchez along with a rejuvenated LT has been pretty deadly as of late. Jets in a landslide
Trevor Kuss- Jets. Broncos are the definition of a one dimensional offense and going against a top defense like the Jets is going to expose that. While the great defense might have been enough for the win, they have also been great on the offensive side of the ball.
Dallas @ Minnesota
Jason Alpert- Cowboys. No one expected this game to be a battle of one win teams, but lo and behold, it is. Dallas simply because Favre isn't Favre this year.
Joey Kistler- Vikings , I guess. Can we pick neither team wins? Both teams have been horrendous this year. I gave Favre a second chance last week to win back any little faith I had in him, but nope. And Romo has a great receiving core, but has almost as many ints as TDs. I dunno, I guess adding Randy Moss gives me a little more hope in the Vikings.
Edwin Gonzalez- Vikings. The Cowboys couldn’t stop Chris Johnson in Dallas last week. I don’t expect them to stop the “Purple Jesus” Adrian Peterson.
Kartar Singh- Cowboys. Assuming Favre doesn’t play, Dallas’s defense will effectively get the week off. Hopefully that will be enough for their Dysfunctional offense. The Boys in a tight one.
Trevor Kuss- Vikings. I almost want to go with a tie as my prediction, because both of these teams have found ways to lose games this year. The addition of Randy Moss to the Vikings will push them over the top, at least for this week.
Indianapolis @ Washington----- Sunday Night Football
Jason Alpert- Redskins. Upset of the week. I really like the product Washington has on the field and its defense has a knack for slowing down high powered offenses (See Cowboys, week 1).
Joey Kistler- Colts. Nice Sunday night matchup. Manning vs. McNabb: Two veterans duking it out. Both coming off good wins against good teams. I think Peyton has better players around him and knows how to win late.
Edwin Gonzalez- Colts. Peyton Manning was pretty quiet last week but will turn on the jets as he faces a Redskins Defense that gives up 400+ yards per game. The Redskins Offense can barely score so they won’t be able to keep up with Manning and Co.
Kartar Singh- Colts. As great as McNabb is, The Redskins offense is still horrific. And Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning.
Trevor Kuss- Redskins. Another upset special. The Colts haven’t looked very good on defense this year, while the Redskins have looked greatly improved on offense. I’m not completely sold on Anthony Armstrong being a solid contributor every week at receiver, but running back Ryan Torrain has looked like the real deal.
Tennessee @ Jacksonville------- Monday Night Football
Jason Alpert- Titans. Can ESPN please pick a more boring Monday Night Football matchup. Seriously, I cannot think of anything to make this game more interest. What the hell, go Titans.
Joey Kistler- Titans. A stinker for Monday night. Both coming off wins over horrible teams. Just looking at QB’s, I think I have more faith in Vince Young than Davis Garrard. It will be a close game, but the Titans edge out a road victory. Titans by a last minute field goal to win.
Edwin Gonzalez- Titans. Chris Johnson vs. Maurice Jones-Drew. David Gerrard vs. Titans Defense. After four quarters the Titans will come out victorious.
Kartar Singh- Titans. The Jags are just horrible and it doesn’t help that they get to face the best runninback in all of football this week.
Trevor Kuss- Titans. I have a feeling this game is going to turn into an exciting one, but people still aren’t going to care. I hope that Jacksonville can at least get the game from being blacked out locally, something they haven’t been able to do often (7 of 8 home games last year were blacked out). I think the Titans continue to show that they are a very good team and that Vince Young is turning into a big time play maker.