I think I've finally recovered from the consumption of all that football this past weekend. Always has been and always be one of my favorite weekends of the year, also doesn't hurt to go 11-5 to kick things off. But now that it's over that means we're simply one week smarter headed into week 2 where in the 100th post on the site we will undoubtedly go 16 for 16 this week.
Thursday September 13th, 8:20 ET - NFL Network
Chicago vs. Green Bay (-6)
Well look what we have here! Football on a Thursday in Week 2 for the first time ever! I love it - more football during the week gives me less time to pay attention to things that actually matter (Political Conventions, Economic News, issues in Libya, etc.). This is already looking like a must-win game for the Packers in Week 2 if they have any hopes of keeping their No. 1 seed in the NFC in tact. QB Aaron Rodgers has been telling media all week long that they are not panicked, but after a pretty sub-par performance against the 49ers, this Packers team needs a win to avoid going 0-2. I just did some fact checking and only 22% of teams that start 0-2 go on to make the playoffs. There's no question that the Packers are a gifted offensive team, but if their defense continues to get torched - who knows what will happen. The Bears on the other hand looked like a very formidable team last week - I know they played the 2-14 Colts, so I tell myself not to get too excited about them - but it's hard to deny the talent they have on both sides of the ball. Brandon Marshall has already reaped the rewards of reuniting with Jay Cutler, and Alshon Jeffrey looks to be a viable second WR option. I like this game to have a lot of points - and think that the Bears will be able to match the Packers on offense. I'll take the Bears to keep this close in Lambeau.
I've highlighted below the games for the weekend that I would wager on you know... if gambling were legal and all. The rest of the picks are below: