Jackson Free Press Pro Football Pick-Em Challenge: My Week 1 NFL Picks

Bryan FlynnAnalyst ISeptember 7, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 26: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers gets tackled by Pat Angerer #51 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The first week of the Jackson Free Press Pro Football Pick-Em game is this week. Instead of a deeply involved/time consuming league like fantasy football, pick-em is just as it sounds.

You pick the winners of every NFL game each week. The great thing is that it gives you the chance to go head to head against the sports writers/bloggers of the Jackson Free Press/JFP Sports and other writers of the JFP. That includes me.

Each week I will post an article on my picks and why I made them. Just a chance to give you some insight into my thought process, something no other local paper would do.

If you haven’t yet joined the JFP Pro Football Pick-Em, there is still time. Just follow this link and sign up using your Facebook log-in or create an account.

There are some shocks and surprises in my first week’s picks. Enjoy and join the JFP Pro Football Pick-Em just to prove me wrong.

Week 1

New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers

I will discuss this game in my Saints/Packer preview but my pick is the Green Bay Packers. A link to the article will be up soon.

Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears

The Falcons won an NFC best 13 games last season and a dome team travels to a cold weather team but in September. Bears are going to be in the mix all year but can’t protect Jay Cutler.

Pick: Falcons 

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans

Has anyone moved the lines more than Peyton Manning? This game went from the Colts being 10 point favorites to seven point dogs after Manning was ruled out. No Manning means 38 year old Kerry Collins takes over and Curtis Painter is the backup.

Texans should run away with this division and finally live up to their billing. If they don’t, it is time to blow up Houston and start over.

Pick: Texans

Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

This is the only game where my pick could change. The Bills have an underrated defense and no offense. Kansas City ended the San Diego Chargers strangle hold on the AFC West.

The reason this game is up in the air is because the Chiefs quarterback, Matt Cassel, is listed as doubtful. If Cassel plays I say the Chiefs win this game but if he does not play I don’t trust Tyler Palko or Ricky Stanzi to win an NFL game.

I will put my trust in Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is not a star but is serviceable. Who would have thought I would take Fitzpatrick over anyone?

Pick: Chiefs, but can change so check back 

Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars released David Garrard less than a week before their first game and will turn to Luke McCown as the starting quarterback with rookie Blaine Gabbert as the backup. Out in Tennessee are Vince Young and Kerry Collins and the Titans turn to Matt Hasselbeck with rookie Jake Locker as the backup.

Adding to the Jaguars problems is the extended holdout of running back Chris Johnson who wanted more money. Johnson missed the whole preseason and is begging for an injury/ineffectiveness in game on.

I will take the Hasselbeck/Maurice Jones-Drew combo over the McCown/Johnson with no playing/practice time combo. Expect this game to come down to a field goal.

Pick: Titans 

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Browns quarterback Colt McCoy traveled to Hattiesburg, MS to learn the west coast offense from Brett Favre and it has shown in the preseason. McCoy has looked very good in lead up to the season.

The Bengals have to turn to rookie quarterback Andy Dalton after Carson Palmer decided to retire or be traded. Mike Brown, Cincinnati owner, decided to let Palmer ride off into the sunset.

Rookie quarterbacks struggle in their first year and in opening games even more. The Browns will be improved and should handle the Bengals in the battle of Ohio.

Pick: Browns 

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