The crystal cheese ball is plugged in and warming up for the Fat Guy’s NFL picks. Let’s all agree handicapping the NFL is one of the hardest things to do. I finish over .500 most of the time in the newspaper and for that, I am pretty happy. Let’s also not forget the handicapping pool I have up and running on ESPN.com. If you want to sign up to play, here is your last chance. Go to ESPN.com, create your account, which is simple if you don’t already have one. The next step is to click on fantasy and hit Pigskin Pick’em. Hit join group and type in viewnewspapers. It’s that simple. If you miss the Thursday game, no big deal, you can still play the rest of the weekend games. Good luck to those of you trying to beat me. The group has grown from last week, which is nice to see.
Unimpressive wins on college gridiron
The college season opened up victorious for Michigan State and Michigan Friday and Saturday. My thoughts on both teams were that very sloppy football was played by both. The two wins were quite unimpressive, if you ask me.
Let’s start with Michigan State and its 28-7 victory, which by the way, I predicted at 31-7! I say, spot on with that prediction. The offense looked predictable and stale, once again. The offense needs to improve if the Spartans have Big Ten championship title hopes. The defense held Tulsa to a paltry 80 yards, which is tremendous, as usual. A scary stat was the 14 penalties by MSU for 122 yards! If that trend continues, MSU is in trouble. How about Tulsa at a minus 73 yards rushing? No, it’s not a misprint, football fans. I have never seen such a negative number like that, to be honest. I wish my weight was a negative 73 pounds! The next foe for Sparty is Western Michigan in East Lansing on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The boys in Vegas have installed MSU as 17-point favorites over the boys from Kalamazoo. It will be on the Big Ten Network.
The Wolverines defeated Middle Tennessee State 40-21 in a lackluster effort filled with numerous blunders. Michigan had pre-snap penalties and fumbled the ball a total comedy of errors. I feel as though Michigan is once again overhyped from what I watched. I realize it’s only Game One and improvement is a must for the Maize and Blue. The next foe is Army at the Big House and kickoff is at high noon on Saturday. The Wolverines are favored by a little over three touchdowns.
I want to say the Oregon and Auburn game lived up to the hype as Auburn pulled off a last-second win.
NFL opens with huge matchup
The NFL kicks off on Thursday and the game is a beauty to open up the season. The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, two NFC North foes, will pop the pads at Soldier Field. Man, oh man, talk about a huge division game right out of the gate! The Fat Guy will be tuned in for sure.
I actually like the Packers in this one to win a close football game. I think Aaron Rodgers will be the difference. The kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. on NBC. The “Likeable Lovely Liedowns” of Detroit will head West to take on the Arizona Cardinals, a team they don’t beat very often out in the desert. The Cardinals are starting the number-one overall pick in Kyler Murray from Oklahoma. Can’t you picture Kyler lighting the Lions up like a ten pallet bon fire? I sure can. The Lions better not lose this football game to a rookie playing his first NFL game! The season is over if they do, and I am dead serious with this statement: This Arizona team is not a good football team at all. I am picking the Lions to win, but not with a ton of confidence. I am more confident I will not eat a kale salad this week. The cheeseball prediction: The Meows 20 and Bird Helmets 17.
Fire up the NFL Week One picks.
Green Bay + 3 over CHICAGO
MINNESOTA – 4 over Atlanta
PHILADELPHIA -9.5 over Washington
Buffalo + 3 over NEW YORK JETS
Baltimore – 6.5 over MIAMI
TAMPA BAY -PK over San Francisco
JACKSONVILLE + 4 over Kansas City
Tennessee + 5.5 over CLEVELAND
L.A. Rams – 2.5 over CAROLINA
Detroit – 2.5 over ARIZONA
Cincinnati + 9.5 over SEATTLE
L.A. CHARGERS – 6 over Indianapolis
DALLAS -6 over New York Giants
NEW ENGLAND -5.5 over Pittsburgh
Houston +7 over NEW ORLEANS
Denver -1 over OAKLAND
BEST BET: BALTIMORE