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August 13, 2014
Murder victims remembered during Fox Hill Day

The victims of a mass shooting in Fox Hill last year were remembered yesterday as residents of one of the oldest communities in New Providence celebrated Fox Hill Day. Prime Minister Perry Christie, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and several other Cabinet ministers joined Fox Hill residents in fellowship at several churches in the community.Claudezino Davis, Shaquille Demeritte, Shenique Sands and Eric Morrison were shot and killed on December 27. Speaking about the incident at St. Paul's Baptist Church, Mitchell said, "Life takes twists and turns, but we must, no matter what, do the things that make for peace and build up the common life."

He wore a shirt with an image of Davis on the front and back. At Mt. Carey Union Baptist Church, Sand's daughter, five-year-old Tamea Evans, performed a recitation titled "Roses" in remembrance of her mother."Roses are red, violets are blue; curry is sweet and my mom is too," she said. "I love her. She loves me. Rest in peace, mommy." The victims were in a crowd at Freedom Park in Fox Hill when the occupants of a gray car opened fire on the crowd. The incident sent shockwaves throughout the community and rallied community and religious leaders to increase outreach efforts in an attempt to end the violence. Detectives questioned more than 60 people as they tried to figure out who was responsible for the drive-by shooting. Four men were eventually arrested and charged with the four murders and the attempted murders of seven other people. Yesterday, Christie said he was pleased to be able to share in the innocence of the many performances by the young girl and boys, "at a time in our country where we have incredible social challenges that manifest themselves in terms of continued violence inflicted by young people on young people".Since Sunday, five people have been murdered in New Providence; three men and two women.

Fox Hill Day, celebrated on the second Tuesday in August, is a day set aside as a special celebration of the emancipation of slaves in The Bahamas. Fox Hill is named after the freed African Samuel Fox who was granted 23.5 acres of land at Creek Village in 1801.

During the service at Mt. Carey, several children depicted the 2012 general election on stage.

Clad in Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), Free National Movement (FNM) and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) paraphernalia, the children shouted out key phrases coined during the election campaign from the respective parties.When asked who they were voting for, each group ultimately shouted out "Jesus".

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June 22, 2013
Murdered witness testimony heard in Stubbs case

A murdered witness spoke from the grave yesterday when his deposition was read into evidence.
Presiding Judge Roy Jones granted the prosecution's request to have the evidence of Marcian Scott, who was murdered in 2006, entered into evidence at the retrial of Stephen Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clinton Evans.
The men are on trial for the shooting death of DC Jimmy Ambrose and the attempted murder of Constable Marcian Scott at the now-closed Club Rock Disco on March 26, 1999.
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Seymour, who led Scott's evidence at the preliminary inquiry into the charges, read a transcript of Scott's evidence into the record.
According to the transcript, Scott and Ambrose were at the club to meet with an informant. He said that Ambrose picked him up and asked him to do so some spot checks for criminals.
Scott said a fight broke out in the packed club and he and Ambrose went to the front of the establishment. Scott said that he saw Stubbs, whom he referred to as 'Die', with a gun.
According to Scott, Die and Davis, whom he called 'Yogi', fired at them before running away. Scott said he took cover behind a car and called an ambulance for his colleague.
Scott said Davis was arrested at the scene when he returned.
Attorney Cecil Hilton questioned Scott's identification of Stubbs at the preliminary inquiry. Scott claimed that he had known Stubbs about a year prior to the incident.
However, Hilton said this couldn't be so as Stubbs was in prison for three years prior to the incident and had just recently been released.
Davis, who did not have a lawyer at the preliminary inquiry, questioned Scott himself. He suggested that Scott had implicated him to get even with him because of a prior run-in.
During cross-examination, Scott had admitted slapping and punching Davis during a prior arrest on charges of death threats.
Ducille did not question Scott on behalf of Evans at the preliminary inquiry.
All of the defendants are represented at the retrial. Ducille now appears for Stubbs, Ian Cargill appears for Davis and Romona Farquharson appears for Evans.

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September 17, 2011
Murderer gets life

A man who slit his girlfriend's throat and then set her body afire has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Michael Beckford killed Sheanda Newton in October 2008 after they argued about whether she was "sick", according to the evidence presented at trial.
Citing precedents set out by the Privy Council cases of Maxo Tido and Earnest Lockhart, Justice Vera Watkins said Beckford's actions did not warrant the death penalty.
Prior to 2006, all murder convicts were condemned to death regardless of any mitigating factors that might have been present. In March 2006, the Privy Council ruled that this practice was unconstitutional.
Watkins said, "I am mindful of the fact that the circumstances of the present case, as in all cases of murder, are tragic and the resulting pain and suffering for the family members and loved ones of the victims are undoubtedly immeasurable.
"I am also mindful of the fact that Beckford displayed a casual or total disrespect for human life. However, upon reviewing the circumstances surrounding the killing of the victim in this case and the guidelines set out in the above mentioned cases, I am of the view that killing of the victim in the present case does not fall in the category of those that warrant the most condign punishment of death."
Watkins said that Beckford had no previous convictions for causing harm to another person and he was gainfully employed prior to his remand on the murder charge.
Watkins said that apart from arguing with Beckford, it appears that Newton did nothing to trigger the violent attack. She said the argument over whether Newton was sick "cannot justify the extreme reaction of Beckford."
She said, "According to Constable Dario Burrows, Beckford drove to his home, retrieved a bottle of diesel and then drove the victim to an area of Nassau Village where he assaulted her, dragged her out of his car, poured diesel over her body, placed a lit newspaper next to her body and then left her. Based on the sequence of events it appears as if Beckford had ample time for him to recover from anything the victim may have said during the argument.
"This leads me to conclude that Beckford's reaction is disproportional to the actions of the victim. Further, Beckford has expressed no empathy for the victim or her family.
"I note there has been a tragic loss of human life. Apart from the issue of whether or not the victim was 'sick' there is no indication as to a motive for the killing of the victim. The evidence does, however, suggest that Beckford showed no respect for human life.
"The victim's throat was cut in two areas. The act of setting fire to a newspaper and leaving it next to the victim's diesel soaked body indicates sadistic motivation on the part of Beckford."
Lifers have served anywhere from 10 years to their natural lives, depending on the decision of the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham recently said government plans to introduce legislation to ensure that persons who receive life sentences die in prison.
Beckford was on bail for the murder of Michael Knowles when he killed Newton. Beckford was acquitted of Knowles' murder last year.
His lawyer, Dorsey McPhee, said he plans to appeal the conviction and sentence. Linda Evans appeared for the Crown.
 

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NAD and BPSU sign new industrial agreement
June 18, 2013
NAD and BPSU sign new industrial agreement

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) and the Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) have signed a five-year industrial agreement impacting nearly 200 employees at the airport management company.
For Vernice Walkine, NAD's president and CEO, the new industrial agreement reached with the union allows NAD to continue to retain productive employees committed to making LPIA one of the best airports in the region.
"We're pleased to have concluded the negotiations. The new agreement outlines favorable terms for NAD employees while taking into consideration the tough economic times in which we now find ourselves operating," Walkine said.
"I'd like to thank our executive team headed by HR Director Sian Bevans for working with the union representatives in the best interest of NAD and our employees. I'd also like to thank Mr. John Pinder, president of BPSU, and his team for their committed efforts in this exercise."
Pinder has termed the agreement "very fair, very progressive and an example that we would wish for all employers to emulate".
The new agreement preserves NAD's high performance evaluation system, rewarding well-performing employees with higher wage increases. Final negotiations also include a signing bonus paid to employees in two installments, an increase in shift premiums, an increase in travel allowances and a cost of living adjustment on an annual basis for employees at their maximum salary bands.
The five-year agreement expires on December 31, 2016.

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NAD is Tickled Pink for Charity
December 05, 2013
NAD is Tickled Pink for Charity

Declaring ‘pink is a vibrant color that symbolizes good health and success,’ staff members of the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD)...

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May 17, 2014
NEMA conducts phase II of water rescue training in Andros

NICHOLL'S TOWN, Andros -- The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, conducted Phase II of its Water Rescue Training Exercise on the island, in collaboration with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), held April 28 to May 1, 2014.
Andros was the second island to receive the training, which took place in the settlement of Nicholl's Town at the Nicholl's Town Gospel Chapel Youth Hall.
USNORTHCOM donated the necessary equipment to facilitate the training and additional equipment to assist rescue teams with responding to disasters near the coast or swamplands.
The 19 participants who hailed from the community were taught how to: establish a Search and Rescue Programme, Common Skills (Rescue Organisation & Searches), handle ropes, hardware and knots, Low Angle Raising and Lowering, Simple Mechanical Advantage, Surface Water Rescue (Shore based rescue assessments, organisation and searches).
Participants included: Charlene Whyms, Carson Lundy, Kelson Colebrook, Kirkwood Dean, Tammy Farrington, Stephen Riley, Shane Miller, Owen Julius Hanna and Natalie Pratt, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Natheria D. Pratt and Clorice Taylor-Knowles, Civil Aviation Department, Colin Ingraham, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Omar Miller, Ministry of Public Works and Urban Development, Johnathan Fowler Sr., Nathaniel Pratt and Wendell Evans. Volunteers, Malissa Coakley and Andrea Smith Department of Public Service and Navardo J. Rolle, Western Air. Thirteen participants received level 2 certification and six received level 1.
The purpose of the training and equipment programme was to equip and train a team of individuals on the island to be able to effectively respond to a disaster in nearby waters. However, NEMA's main focus for this particular water rescue training was to ensure that individuals in the community are properly trained to respond if an aircraft or boating mishap happened in waters near the coast.

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May 20, 2014
NEMA conducts water rescue training on Andros

NICHOLL'S TOWN, Andros - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) conducted the second phase of its water rescue training exercise on the island, in collaboration with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), held April 28 to May 1, 2014. Andros is the second island to receive the training, which took place in the settlement of Nicholl's Town at the Nicholl's Town Gospel Chapel Youth Hall.
USNORTHCOM donated the necessary equipment to facilitate the training and additional equipment to assist rescue teams with responding to disasters near the coast or swamplands.
Nineteen participants who hailed from the community were taught how to establish a search-and-rescue program as well as a number of skills such as surface water rescue.
Participants included Charlene Whyms, Carson Lundy, Kelson Colebrook, Kirkwood Dean, Tammy Farrington, Stephen Riley, Shane Miller, Owen Julius Hanna and Natalie Pratt, of the Royal Bahamas Police Force; Natheria D. Pratt and Clorice Taylor-Knowles of the Civil Aviation Department, Colin Ingraham of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force; Omar Miller of the Ministry of Public Works and Urban Development, and Johnathan Fowler Sr., Nathaniel Pratt and Wendell Evans. Volunteers included Malissa Coakley and Andrea Smith, of the Department of Public Service, and Navardo J. Rolle, of Western Air. Thirteen participants received level 2 certification and six received level 1 certification.
The purpose of the training and equipment program is to equip and train a team of individuals on the island to be able to effectively respond to a disaster in nearby waters. However, NEMA's main focus for this particular water rescue training is to ensure that individuals in the community are properly trained to respond if an aircraft or boating mishap happens in waters near the coast. The class instructions were conducted by four certified water and rope rescue technicians from the United States Public Health Services, sponsored by USNORTHCOM. Leading the team was Captain Joseph Hughart and assisting were Captain John Holland, Commander Douglas Ebert and Lieutenant Commander Kiel Fisher. Senior Lieutenant Sonia Miller and Wendell Rigby from NEMA helped with the facilitation of the training.
Captain Stephen Russell, director of NEMA; Chief Councilor Bob Mackay and Jeffrey Smith of USNORTHCOM were all present to hand out certificates to participants. Captain Russell explained to participants the importance of having such a team on the island of Andros. He also encouraged the new rescue team to continue to work together and practice what they were taught to further strengthen their ability to respond to a disaster. Participants were also thanked for having the courage to take part in the training and committing themselves to take on such a meaningful task.
Overall, NEMA dubbed the training and equipment program held on the island a success. The participants were eager to learn and remained motivated during the training sessions. Over the past months water rescue training exercises have taken place in New Bight, Cat Island and in Clarence Town, Long Island. The total value of equipment donated by USNORTHCOM for phase II water rescue Training is $275,548.75.

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June 16, 2011
NEMA fraud case discontinued

Prosecutors formally dropped charges yesterday against two civil servants accused of defrauding the government after a judge refused an adjournment.
The fraud trial against Joseph Ferguson of Fresh Creek, Andros, and Patrick Evans of Flax Terrace, Malcolm Allotment, was supposed to begin on Wednesday.
However, AG prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister asked Justice Watkins to adjourn the matter because two prosecution witnesses were not available.

Armbrister presented a document that ended the proceedings when Justice Watkins refused to delay the proceedings. The case against Ferguson and Evans was discharged.
However, new charges can be brought against them.
On Tuesday, Chief Counsel Neil Brathwaite stepped down from the case because he knows one of the defendants personally.
He asked for the matter to be set down until Thursday, but the judge refused.
The men were first arraigned on charges that they defrauded the National Emergency Management Agency in May 2008.
Prosecutors decided to bypass a preliminary inquiry in the magistrate's court to speed up the trial process.

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September 12, 2014
NFL WEEK TWO

Sheldon's picks
WEEK TWO
Thursday's game
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 8:25 p.m.
Given all of the turmoil surrounding the Ray Rice incident, the Ravens couldn't possibly be focused ahead of their Thursday night encounter with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This divisional battle is always physical and intense, but I think the Steelers will take advantage of a subdued Ravens' squad and leave M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore with a huge win. The departure of Ray Rice has left Baltimore without much of a running game. The onus now falls on Joe Flacco and the receiving core to produce some sort of offensive attack. Whereas they should be able to score some points, they'll be too one-dimensional to experience much success against the Steelers.
Steelers 27, Ravens 17

Sunday's games
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
The Dolphins are for real! Don't get me wrong... I'm not saying they're Super Bowl bound or anything like that, but they certainly appear ready to make a serious run at the playoffs, and could easily be one of the top three teams in the AFC. With the addition of Knowshon Moreno, the Fins have a legitimate running game, and the revamped offensive line is already paying dividends. Moreno led the league in rushing last week, punishing the Pats for 134 yards on the ground, and for the first time in a long time, the Dolphins averaged more than five yards per carry as a team. The defense was impressive as well. A divisional battle on the road is always challenging, but I think the Fins will be up to the task and take care of business in Buffalo on Sunday.
Dolphins 24, Bills 16

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
The Lions is another one of those teams that appears ready to turn the corner and make a serious push for the playoffs this year. Calvin "Megatron" Johnson is already burning up defensive backs. Cam Newton will be back for the Panthers, but I don't think he has the weapons to match the Lions score for score. The Lions will certainly be able to put up the points, and the Panthers will be overwhelmed despite playing in their home opener. I think Cam will be elusive as always and make some plays, but it won't be enough to keep up with the high-scoring Lions.
Lions 33, Panthers 20

Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
With Julio Jones back in the mix, the Falcons look to have a resurgent year, possibly challenging the Saints for divisional supremacy. The Bengals, on the other hand, are the clear cut favorites to take the AFC North again. The Bengals have one of the more balanced offensive attacks in the league, and defensively they know how to bring the pressure. As long as Andy Dalton stays away from crucial interceptions in this game, the Bengals should come out on top. I think A.J. Green will have a big day catching the ball against that secondary of the Falcons, and on defense, they'll do a good enough job on Jones and the rest of the Falcons to come out on top.
Bengals 24, Falcons 20

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
The Browns showed a lot of heart in their comeback against the Steelers last week and are primed to make a strong showing in their home opener, but the Saints is just on a different level right now. The Saints high-powered offense will be too much for the Browns to handle. I look for Drew Brees to hook up with Jimmy Graham a couple of times, and for their offense to dictate the pace of the game. On top of that, their defense should rebound from a horrific showing last week. They'll easily take care of the Browns.
Saints 34, Browns 17

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
The Vikings will be fired up with a top AFC opponent coming in for their home opener, but somehow, I just can't see Tom Brady and the Patriots starting their season with two straight losses. The Dolphins exposed the Pats and their woeful offensive line last week, but I'm pretty sure Bill Belichick will have his team ready to play on Sunday. Brady will get the ball out of his hands much quicker, and the Pats won't have any problems moving the ball downfield.
Patriots 28, Vikings 17

Arizona Cardinals at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Eli Manning and the G-men appear to be in for a rough season. On offense, they're turnover prone, and on defense, they're struggling. I don't normally go for west coast teams playing early games on the east coast, but I just can't see the Giants being able to contain the Cardinals this week. The Cards is one of the more underrated teams in football. Carson Palmer knows how to spread the ball around on offense, and defensively, they're legit. I look for them to walk into MetLife Stadium on Sunday and leave with a big win.
Cardinals 20, Giants 17

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
The Cowboys can't stop anyone, anywhere... period! After this performance on Sunday, the label of "America's Team" should be taken away from them. Defensively, they're atrocious! Meanwhile, Titans' quarterback Jake Locker seems rejuvenated this season, and he has some new weapons to throw the ball to. They were truly impressive in that beatdown of the Chiefs last week. I believe the Titans will have another impressive showing, in their home opener, this week. They'll easily have their way on Sunday, even though it really doesn't take much to beat the Cowboys these days.
Titans 31, Cowboys 20

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
The Texans' pass rush certainly did a number on RG3 and the Redskins last week, but I don't see that happening again this week. As long as the Redskins hold on to the ball, they shouldn't have any problem with the Jags. I look for RG3 to bounce back and have a strong game. He has two capable receivers in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, and running back Alfred Morris could take some of the pressure off the passing game by being productive on the ground. I expect for RG3 to run more effectively as well.
Redskins 24, Jaguars 13

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
After that season-opening performance, there should be no doubt that the Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks is the top team in the NFC. They're well balanced on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they're top notch, and on offense they're much improved. Percy Harvin certainly adds a different dimension to that team. His speed and elusiveness creates havoc for opposing defensive backs, and on special teams as well. The Chargers is a playoff team from a year ago, but they'll be overwhelmed by the 'Hawks on Sunday.
Seahawks 30, Chargers 20

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m.
The Rams don't have a quarterback... at least no one who could move the ball effectively and put points on the scoreboard consistently. As it looks now, Austin Davis will get the start on Sunday. I expect for the Gerald McCoy and the Bucs to bring the pressure on Sunday and force the Rams' third string quarterback into a few mistakes. On offense, Josh McCown will utilize the size of starting receivers Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans, and Doug Martin will bounce back with a strong effort on the ground.
Buccaneers 27, Rams 13

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
This AFC battle could very well turn out to be lopsided in favor of the Broncos. After that horrific showing last week, it certainly doesn't look too promising for the Chiefs. The Broncos appear to be the top team in the AFC once again. I don't think complacency will be an issue. Peyton Manning will make sure that his troops don't come out too relaxed against the Chiefs. The Broncos should handle business easily on Sunday in the Mile High City.
Broncos 37, Chiefs 17

N.Y. Jets at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' passing game were pathetic in the season opener against the Seahawks. They didn't even try to challenge Richard Sherman, choosing to stay away from that side of the field. I think they'll make amends for that on Sunday. Quite frankly, the Jets' secondary isn't as potent as that of the 'Hawks anyway. Rodgers will spread the ball around to his receivers this time, and Eddie Lacy and James Starks should be effective in the running game.
Packers 33, Jets 17

Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.
It's just Week Two, and the Texans could already match their entire win total from all of last season with a win on Sunday. I think they'll go to Oakland and get the job done. They certainly have the pass rush to rattle the Raiders' rookie quarterback. Overall top pick Jadeveon Clowney is out for about four to six weeks, but the Texans still have new 100 million dollar man J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed to bring the pressure. Brian Cushing will direct that Texans' defense from his middle linebacker spot, and they will create havoc for Raiders' rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Texans' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is capable of getting the job done on offense.
Texans 23, Raiders 16

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
The Niners' offense helped out their defense by putting points on the scoreboard early last week, but overall, I think they'll be in for a tough time this Sunday night, even in their home opener. The Bears are certainly capable of knocking off the Niners at home. I look for them to rebound from that tough loss to the Bills last week and get a big win against a top notch NFC opponent this week. At the receiver position, the Bears have arguably the best 1-2 tandem in the league in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. It's just up to the offensive line to protect Jay Cutler long enough for him to get the ball to those two. In Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman, the Niners are missing a huge part of their defense. Their pass rush won't be the same, and the Bears will take advantage of that and get a big win on Sunday night.
Bears 23, 49ers 20

Monday's game
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m.
This game will feature two of the top young quarterbacks in the league. Both of these teams can move the ball on offense and put up points on the scoreboard. The difference maker in this game might be on defense. The Colts will be without a key piece of their defensive unit in the person of Robert Mathis, but I think the rest of their squad will be up to the task. This Monday night affair might also come down to a late field goal, and playing at home, I have to give the Colts the edge.
Colts 33, Eagles 30

Naughty's picks
WEEK TWO
Last week was a surprise to many for some of the games. I certainly didn't see some of those results coming. I got to see one blowout in person, on the wrong end of course. Yes, Tony Romo is worse in person than on TV! Much thanks to my good friend Dwayne Harris (#17) who laid out the red carpet for us in "Big D" and made some nice plays in the game, one of only a few bright spots for Cowboys' fans on a long afternoon. There's 16 weeks left though, so there's a ton of football and scenarios to play out. Let's jump into Week Two and see who I like and why.

Thursday's game
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 8:25 p.m.
Big AFC North match-up in this one, complete with all the trimmings of a nasty rivalry. The Steelers put up big numbers early but barely held on against the Browns, escaping with a narrow three-point win. The Steelers' offense is potent with "Big Ben", Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell putting up big numbers, which I expect them to do this week as well. However, the Browns exposed some weaknesses in the Steelers "D". The Ravens will attempt to exploit the Steelers "D" with the speed of Justin Forsett, the next man up for the Ravens' backfield after the whole Ray Rice fallout. Along with Steve Smith, Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta, they should create problems for the Steelers. Playing inspired football at home, I like the Ravens in a squeaker.
Ravens 23 Steelers 20

Sunday's games
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
After stunning the Patriots in Miami to open the season, the Super Bowl talks will continue in Miami after Week Two. I like the Dolphins on the road this time of year, especially in Buffalo. The Bills played big in the opening week, but I think that was more of a mirage than anything else. The Bears were flat and allowed the Bills to steal one. That changes this week. The formidable Dolphins 'D', despite the loss of Dannell Ellerbe, will step up big against the Bills and the Dolphins' offense behind Ryan Tannehill, Mike Wallace and Knowshon Moreno will make enough plays against a tough Bills' defense to pull out a tough win on the road. Dolphins' fans, save the Super Bowl banter. You're only going to be 2-0.
Dolphins 23, Bills 17

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
There will be a lot of offense vs. a lot of defense in this one. Cam Newton returning for the Panthers coupled with them playing at home will get them the 'W' in this one. It should be close right to the final whistle.
Panthers 24, Lions 21

Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Both teams won in shootouts in Week One. The jury is still out on both of these squads in regards to their legitimacy as playoff contenders. I'm known to call an upset now and again, so why not now again? Here's my upset bird of the week. The Falcons on the road behind Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White, will win in a shootout over Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the Bengals.
Falcons 30, Bengals 27

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
We might have a "Jonny Football" sighting in this one. Despite staging a huge comeback against the Steelers and just coming up short, I think the Browns will put up a good effort early at home and eventually fade late against the Saints. Speaking of the Saints, they came up short against the Falcons after throwing the game away late with costly turnovers. Even though it's an outdoor game, Sean Payton will have the Saints ready, so points will go up in bunches and the Saints will pull away in the second half. If the game does turn into a route, look for Johnny Manziel to get some playing time.
Saints 34, Browns 20

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Don't get it twisted here. The Vikings aren't that good and the Patriots aren't that bad. There will be fireworks from the young Vikings and Adrian Peterson will be a factor, but in the end the Patriots get it done behind the arm of Tom Brady and the legs of Shane Vereen in a shootout.
Patriots 34, Vikings 31

Arizona Cardinals at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
The Giants were awful last week, while the Cardinals overcame injuries to win a nail-biter in "the desert" against the Chargers. Despite not traveling well to the east coast for 1 p.m. games, the Cardinals will come out with a win behind their solid defense and some key plays from Carson Palmer. The Giants will be improved but not enough to protect their house.
Cardinals 24, Giants 17

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
This is an important week for Dallas. They must win! My wife Jamie is a huge Titans' fan so several domestic wagers are on the line in this one. I'm not sleeping on the sofa or doing dishes, etc. after this one, so the Cowboys have to win. Ken Whisenhunt has the Titans on the upswing, Jake Locker looked good last week and the defense was solid. The Titans had an impressive victory over the Chiefs in Week One, while the Cowboys shot themselves in the foot early and couldn't recover late against the 49ers. The silver lining for the Cowboys in this one is, the defense showed some life, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant are beasts, and Tony Romo plays well on the road after home debacles. I like my Cowboys to rebound on the road against a young and scrappy Titans' squad! DeMarco early, Dez late, Cowboys win!
Cowboys 27, Titans 20

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
The Jags blew an early 17-point lead against the Eagles last week, and the Redskins were being humbled by the Texans. Playing at home, I like the Redskins to defend their home field and pull out a win against a young fiery Jags team.
Redskins 31, Jaguars 20

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers will keep it close early, but it's not going to be enough. Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the "legion of Boom" will get a tough road win late.
Seahawks 27, Chargers 20

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m.
The Rams are in disarray offensively, and soft in the secondary. The Buccaneers get back on track in this one with a home win. Look for Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans to be huge in this one.
Buccaneers 34, Rams 17

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
This historic AFC West rivalry sees another chapter unfold in a massive shootout on Sunday. Points will be put up in bunches, but playing at home with a better defense I like Peyton Manning and the Broncos to get this one in the end. Boy, this should be fun to watch if you like high-scoring games.
Broncos 38, Chiefs 34

N.Y. Jets at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
The Jets will make some plays but not enough against what I think will be a much improved Packers' effort. Eddie Lacy may be out with a concussion but that won't hamper anything. Look for Aaron Rodgers to be pass-happy and put up some points.
Packers 30, Jets 20

Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.
Coin flip in this one! I will roll the dice here, and take the "Silver and Black" at home. They can be tough at home and rookie quarterback Derek Carr will continue his progress with a 'W' in an ugly one.
Raiders 20, Texans 17

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago will make it interesting but I think injuries to wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery will hamper the Bears' offense against a very tough 49ers' defense, despite their injuries. Throw in some big plays from Colin Kaepernick and the offense at home, and the 49ers emerge 2-0 from this contest.
49ers 26, Bears 20

Monday's game
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m.
I see another high-scoring affair in the making here. The Eagles avoided stumbling out of the gate last week with a second half comeback, and like last week they will get their points, but I just think it won't be enough. The Colts are coming of, almost pulling off a huge comeback of their own against the Broncos. Despite coming up short in that one, I think the Colts will be ready to go in this one at home. The Colts will step up at home as points fly in this one.
Colts 36, Eagles 34

Jammal's picks
WEEK TWO

Thursday's game
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 8:25 p.m.
The hatred between these two AFC North rivals will certainly be on display on Thursday night as another chapter between the Steelers and Ravens will be written. Baltimore's offense struggled last week against the Bengals but its defense held strong to keep the game within reach. Pittsburgh was solid in their season opener last week, led by Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell providing a balanced attack on offense. Given all of the controversy surrounding the Ravens related to its former running back Ray Rice, I believe they will play inspired football and get back on track on Thursday night. Joe Flacco will be sharp and the defense will do its part in securing a victory at home.
Ravens 23, Steelers 17

Sunday's games
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
One of the biggest surprises last week was the sheer dominance of Miami against the Patriots in the second half on both sides of the ball. Let's just crown them the AFC East Champions now! Buffalo was impressive on the road and showed signs of being a formidable team this year. The Bills tend to play out of their minds at home, especially early in the season, but I'm sure the Dolphins want some revenge from last year's match-up that cost them a playoff berth. A balanced attack will be key for Miami, and if the defense can be disruptive again then I believe they can get a key division win on the road.
Dolphins 24, Bills 20

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Detroit looked like a different and more disciplined group than last year, and it's clear the presence of new Head Coach Jim Caldwell is being felt. As for Carolina, they didn't miss a beat without Cam Newton last week, capturing a road victory. The Panthers' defense is still as vicious as last year, but its secondary will have a hard time containing Calvin Johnson the entire game. This battle will be won in the trenches and Detroit's front seven will cause more havoc than Newton and his offensive line will be able to handle. Detroit is in a great spot to get an early statement win on the road and I believe Carolina won't be able to match the points that Matthew Stafford's offense will put up.
Lions 26, Panthers 16

Atlanta Falcons at
Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Both of these teams are coming off close wins last week and this match-up is a perfect case of an explosive offense versus a stout defense. This game will feature two of the best receivers in the game in Julio Jones and A.J. Green, so expect several big plays that will greatly affect the outcome of this game. Atlanta is capable of putting up points against any team in the NFL, and the luxury of playing against Cincinnati's offense is that they won't beat you by scoring a lot of points. If the Falcons can get off to a hot start and prevent Cincy from playing with a lead then they can leave Ohio with a victory.
Falcons 21, Bengals 17

New Orleans Saints at
Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
The Saints were on the wrong end of an Atlanta comeback victory last week, and I believe the Browns will be in for a long day. Cleveland showed some fight against the Steelers last week, but the way New Orleans will move the ball offensively with pose too many problems for the defense its facing. New Orleans will also be crisp on defense and take Brian Hoyer out of his game, so all signs point to a Saints win.
Saints 30, Browns 13

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
For the first time in as far back I can remember, the Patriots will be the last team in the AFC East to get a win. It may be a good thing that a wake-up call came this early in the season, and unfortunately the Vikings will be the victims of New England's wrath. The Pats' run defense will have to drastically improve by Sunday in order to contain Adrian Peterson on the ground, and if they can't do that then this game will be a lot tougher than it needs to be.
Patriots 27, Vikings 14

Arizona Cardinals at N.Y.
Giants, 1 p.m.
While it may not be time to hit the panic button in New York yet, this game will certainly let the football world know what type of team they will be this year. Arizona's defense looks like it hasn't missed a step from last year and I believe that unit will impose its will on Eli Manning on Sunday. However, I believe some home cooking will work in the G-men's favor and they will squeeze out a victory at home.
Giants 21, Cardinals 20

Dallas Cowboys at
Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
The Titans caught most of the NFL by surprise by thumping the Chiefs on the road last week. A meeting with Dallas probably has Tennessee very eager to hit the field against what appears to be another disappointing Cowboys team, and I believe the same formula that worked last week will translate into a win on Sunday. It should be competitive at first, but the Titans will comfortably cruise to victory.
Titans 26, Cowboys 16

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
The Redskins have an opportunity to get back on track with a meeting against Jacksonville, and "RG3" will need to have a big game to silence the whispers about Kirk Cousins being the better option at quarterback. I believe Washington's running game will be key in this game and getting DeSean Jackson involved early will be part of the game plan. The Jags will once again be competitive, but they will fall short on the road.
Redskins 24, Jaguars 16

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
This game has an upset written all over it, but as tempting as it is to take the bait and roll with San Diego, Seattle is still in a class by itself until proven otherwise. I expect the Seahawks to be really sharp coming off an extended rest, and control the game throughout, but the Chargers will put up a good fight behind a strong game from Philip Rivers. Betting against the champs isn't a safe bet right now, so I'm rolling with Seattle.
Seahawks 24, Chargers 17

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m.
The mistakes that plagued Tampa Bay last week should be corrected. I don't see them getting beat by two back-up quarterbacks in consecutive weeks at home. This will be another defensive-minded game, but I believe the Bucs will prevail behind a strong ground game and a stellar defensive effort.
Buccaneers 17, Rams 13

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
Denver looked very sharp in its home opener last Sunday, and I believe that will carry over into this week against division rival Kansas City. With a date in Seattle the following week, I expect the Broncos to be firing on all cylinders and pound the Chiefs.
Broncos 38, Chiefs 16

N.Y. Jets at Green Bay
Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Aaron Rodgers has taken a lot of heat for avoiding throwing to the side of Richard Sherman during last week's loss against Seattle, but he doesn't have to worry about that type of problem this week against the Jets. I expect a strong performance from Rodgers and Green Bay in front of the home crowd en route to an impressive victory.
Packers 34, Jets 13

Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.
If Houston can play defense like they did last week against Washington, I like their chances every week. They should feast against rookie quarterback Derek Carr and once they avoid careless turnovers, the Texans will match its win total from last year.
Texans 23, Raiders 10

Chicago Bears at San
Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
On paper this game appears to be an intriguing match-up, but the reality is San Francisco will pick up where they left off against Dallas last week. The Bears have to fix that defense immediately and playing a smash mouth 49ers' offense will add more things to the list to be corrected. Expect a huge day from the ground game, and while Chicago will put up some points, the home team will wear them out in the end.
49ers 31, Bears 20

Monday's game
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m.
My pick for game of the week will feature two of the league's best young quarterbacks and this game certainly won't disappoint from an entertainment standpoint. Philly has the more explosive offense, but Andrew Luck is capable of putting his team on his back and willing them to victories. They key to this game will be time of possession because the team that can control that aspect of the game will have more opportunities to create a cushion on the scoreboard and prevent their respective defenses from being exploited. I believe Indy will be more disruptive in the pass rush and force Nick Foles into a shorter, quicker passing game, and Luck will feed off the home crowd and finally get some help in the ground game. This should be a tightly contested game, but Luck will do what it takes to ensure his team doesn't fall to 0-2.
Colts 31, Eagles 28

Teej's picks
WEEK TWO
Thursday's game
Pittsburgh Steelers at
Baltimore Ravens, 8:25 p.m.
The Steelers take their black and yellow uniforms into Baltimore to kick the Ravens while they are down. I think the Ravens have had the week from hell. While the buzz around the whole league is about Ray Rice being released by the Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL, the Ravens have a huge divisional game they only had three days to prepare for, after losing a divisional game against the Bengals. I think the Steelers are tough, and they are on a mission this year to reclaim the AFC North. The Steelers will take this one on the road.
Steelers 17, Ravens 12

Sunday's games
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
The Dolphins looked great on Sunday, convincingly "bullying" the apparently weaker Patriots. The fish swim north before the cold weather hits to face the Bills, and hope that their dominance carries over to this game. Now, I am sure everybody is hating on Dolphins fans and they toss the same old boring "Dolphins think winning one game is winning the Super Bowl". Those hateful people (especially those who are fans of 0-1 teams) will be just fine in their denial. We can't ignore that the Bills did look good against the Bears defensively. The Bills will have their hands full with the Dolphins however. Between Cameron Wake on defense and Knowshon Moreno on offense, it's hard for me to see the Bills taking this one, even at home.
Dolphins 31, Bills 20

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Cam Newton is expected to start in their home opener against the Lions. Now I must admit, Derek Anderson played like a boss in his start against the Bucs last week and if Cam needs to heal, I would sit him out for one more game and trust my back-up quarterback to get the job done. However, this is the reason why I am not a NFL coach. The Lions looked like an "All Madden" team against the Giants, but we all know the Giants is now a mediocre team. This will be a tough battle for the Lions coming out of the dome. Cam is fired up and ready to go.
Panthers 23, Lions 20

Atlanta Falcons at
Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Outkast, Gladys Knight, Ludacris and T.I. are all amazing entertainers coming out of Atlanta. The only entertainment you can expect coming from anything based in Atlanta lies with them and the up-and-coming "Trapstars" of the "A". Week One was a fluke in the Georgia Dome, with the Falcons stunning the Saints. Does that show continue on the road? I highly doubt it!
Bengals 24, Falcons 16

New Orleans Saints at
Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
The Cleveland "doo-doo" Browns better get their back-up quarterback in the game to scramble against Rob Ryan's defense. Brian Hoyer put up a great second half performance against the Steelers last week, but he completely stunk up the field in the first half of that game. Johnny Manziel would make this game more interesting, but it still wouldn't result in a win for the "Dog Pound".
Saints 35, Browns 12

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
The Patriots got the smackdown put on them in Miami in Week One, so much so that it appeared that Justin Bieber look-a-like Tom Brady appeared to be wiping away tears after Cam Wake put him on his back late in the fourth quarter. No worries to the most sensitive fans in the world. The Patriots will redeem themselves this week IF they can contain Vikings' wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson who ran the ball three times for 102 yards in Week One against the Rams. Even though I would shave my eyebrows if it meant the Patriots would lose against Matt Cassel and the Vikings in Week Two, I have to pick this game like I have a little bit of sense.
Patriots 27, Vikings 20

Arizona Cardinals at N.Y.
Giants, 1 p.m.
Who believes in the Giants anymore? Maybe the comeback of David Tyree should be made possible for the sake of a miracle or two. New York fans are having a hard time. With Derek Jeter hanging it up after this season, it's painful to watch fans of New York sport teams support their squads. The Cardinals' defense is what impressed me most about them from Week One. With that energy in New York, Eli Manning is destined for a two-pick performance.
Cardinals 23, Giants 13

Dallas Cowboys at
Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Aren't we tired of hearing about the Cowboys? Who loses a game in the first quarter? The Cowboys do, and they did against the 49ers in Week One. They may be a little more productive this week, but I don't expect a win from them.
Titans 28, Cowboys 20

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
I am trying to wrap my mind around this - a quarterback throws 29-for-37 for 267 yards, and the running backs pour in over 130 yards, but only six points were scored. Yes, the Redskins with Jay Gruden as Head Coach, Robert Griffin III as quarterback, Alfred Morris at running back, and DeSean Jackson at wide receiver did exactly that! If the Redskins lose this game, all hope is gone for them.
Redskins 20, Jaguars 12

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Who can pick against the Seahawks after a dominating performance against the Packers last week and 10 days of rest?
Seahawks 23, Chargers 13

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m.
The Rams head to Tampa to "stink up" the field in Central Florida. If Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Torry Holt could come back well into their 40's, they could stand a George Foreman fighting chance. That won't happen, so I have to go with the better team.
Buccaneers 24, Rams 17

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
"Omaha"! That's all that needs to be said here.
Broncos 31, Chiefs 20

N.Y. Jets at Green Bay
Packers, 4:25 p.m.
The Packers seemed a bit rusty in Week One, especially after having some guys back this year, who were injured the latter part of last year. Geno Smith says he is top five in quarterbacks in the league, but this week, he goes against a proven top five quarterback in the league. Geno should take advice from his Bahamian ancestors when they say, "if ya mout' hard, make sure ya teet' strong!" Aaron Rodgers will show him how it's done.
Packers 28, Jets 10

Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.
So Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for a grand total of 26 yards on the ground on 13 carries. That kind of performance from two potential Hall of Famers makes you ask, "what the....". Well, you get it! The Raiders' ground game is going to have to be better to give young quarterback Derek Carr some help. Even though the Texans looked pretty good in Week One, Jadeveon Clowney will be out for at least a month, and because of that, I think the Raiders get it together and steal this one in their home opener.
Raiders 22, Texans 20

Chicago Bears at San
Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
How could the Bears let the last game go? I personally think the Bears is a far better team than what we saw in Week One. They missed tackles, the offensive line missed assignments and the running game wasn't where it should be. This week I think they fix that going into San Francisco. I have no faith in the 49ers offense or play calling, so I believe they get their bells rung on primetime television.
Bears 27, 49ers 23

Monday's Game
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m.
The Eagles were fortunate to get a win in Week One. They almost blew it to an inferior Jaguars team. I smell trouble for the Eagles. Going into Indianapolis, they will need to be on par in execution. That means, they will have to minimize turnovers and give Andrew Luck no opportunity to burn them in a short field. That won't happen. Nick Foles had a good year last year. This year will be a different story.
Colts 28, Eagles 23
Overall standings
Sheldon Longley (Defending Champion)
WEEK ONE: 11-5
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Dolphins, Lions, Bengals, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, Bears and Colts.

Kermit Rahming
WEEK ONE: 11-5
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Dolphins, Lions, Falcons, Saints, Patriots, Giants, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Raiders, 49ers and Colts.

Tito Butler
WEEK ONE: 11-5
Week Two Picks: Ravens, Bills, Lions, Falcons, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Colts.

Randy Smith
WEEK ONE: 11-5
Week Two Picks: Ravens, Dolphins, Lions, Bengals, Browns, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans, Jaguars, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Colts.

Devin Francis
WEEK ONE: 10-6
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Dolphins, Panthers, Bengals, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Colts.

Reggie Ocean
WEEK ONE: 10-6
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Bills, Lions, Bengals, Saints, Patriots, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Colts.

Brent Dean
WEEK ONE: 10-6
Week Two Picks: Ravens, Bills, Panthers, Bengals, Browns, Vikings, Cardinals, Titans, Jaguars, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Raiders, 49ers and Colts.

Simba French
WEEK ONE: 10-6
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Dolphins, Lions, Bengals, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Colts.

Wally Ferguson
WEEK ONE: 9-7
Week Two Picks: Ravens, Dolphins, Lions, Bengals, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans, Redskins, Chargers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Raiders, 49ers and Colts.

Tony 'Teej' Grant Jr.
WEEK ONE: 9-7
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Dolphins, Panthers, Bengals, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Raiders, Bears and Colts.

Brad Hanna
WEEK ONE: 9-7
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Bills, Lions, Falcons, Saints, Patriots, Giants, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Eagles.

Royston Jones Jr.
WEEK ONE: 9-7
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Bills, Lions, Bengals, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Colts.

Antoinne Robinson
WEEK ONE: 8-8
Week Two Picks: Ravens, Dolphins, Lions, Bengals, Saints, Patriots, Giants, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Colts.

Naughty (Hot 91.7FM)
WEEK ONE: 8-8
Week Two Picks: Ravens, Dolphins, Panthers, Falcons, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Raiders, 49ers and Colts.

Jammal Smith
WEEK ONE: 8-8
Week Two Picks: Ravens, Dolphins, Lions, Falcons, Saints, Patriots, Giants, Titans, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Colts.

Juan McCartney
WEEK ONE: 8-8
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Dolphins, Lions, Bengals, Saints, Patriots, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Colts.

Richard Rudon
WEEK ONE: 8-8
Week Two Picks: Steelers, Dolphins, Lions, Falcons, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans, Jaguars, Chargers, Rams, Broncos, Packers, Texans, 49ers and Eagles.

Stephen 'Steebie J' Johnson
WEEK ONE: 7-9
Week Two Picks: Ravens, Bills, Lions, Falcons, Saints, Patriots, Cardinals, Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, Packers, Raiders, 49ers and Eagles.

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September 05, 2014
NFL Week One

NFL Week One
Sheldon's picks
Thursday's Game
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
What a way to start the season! Fail Mary re-lived! As much as I like the Seahawks and the 'Legion of Boom' in the National Football Conference (NFC), it's quite interesting to note that the last Super Bowl Champion to return to the Super Bowl the following year was the Patriots over a decade ago. With the balance that the Seahawks bring on both sides of the ball, I could definitely see them breaking that trend though. The Seahawks are the real deal... but so is Aaron Rodgers and the Packers! As a matter of fact, if this game was being played at Lambeau, I might be going with the Pack in this game. It's not, so...
Seahawks 33, Packers 30

Sunday's Games
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
The Saints is definitely one of the top three teams in the NFC, and could very well find themselves in Glendale, Arizona in February playing in the Super Bowl. To do that, they have to show consistency outside of the Superdome though. They're near flawless in the dome but have been known to struggle outside of it, especially early in the season. I like the Falcons in an upset in this one. They have a healthy Julio Jones back, and Matt Ryan is one of the more underrated passers in the league. I think Steven Jackson will have a strong bounce-back year for them, and their defense promises to be a bit stronger. Besides, they always play well in the Georgia Dome.
Falcons 27, Saints 24

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Arguably the two top teams in the American Football Conference's (AFC) North Division get together on Sunday afternoon in what should be an intense, physical battle. The Bengals could very well challenge the Broncos and Patriots for AFC supremacy this year, and the Ravens always play with pride and figure to make another strong run at the playoffs. I have to go with the youthful Bengals in this one though. It will be interesting to see how Geno Atkins looks coming back from a severe ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury, but the Bengals are potent regardless. On offense, A,J. Green is a top five receiver in my book, and Giovani Bernard is one of the more exciting, elusive backs in the league. Defensively, they're top notch.
Bengals 23, Ravens 17

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
The Bears promises to be strong as well with Jay Cutler throwing to arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In the backfield, Matt Forte is a 1,000-yard back. The only question for them, is will they be able to keep Cutler upright and injury-free. They should be able to handle the hapless Bills regardless. I have the Bears making the playoffs this year, and it starts with a demolition of the Bills on Sunday.
Bears 40, Bills 16

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Both of these teams were less than impressive in the pre-season, and figure to be in for a couple of rough rides in the regular season. I think they'll both struggle mightily.... again. The Texans are a bit more talented with the likes of Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and new multi-million dollar man J.J. Watt on defense, but they still have Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing the ball on offense which likely means multiple picks by the secondary of the 'Skins. Besides, the 'Skins still have the most explosive man on the field in RG3.
Redskins 20, Texans 17

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
After a resilient run at the playoffs a year ago, the Chiefs figure to once again be a contender in the AFC. In Jamaal Charles, they have the best running back in the conference. As long as Alex Smith manages the game properly and stays away from crucial turnovers, the Chiefs should win this game. I think he and that Chiefs offense will put up at least 20 points, and allow the defense to do the rest.
Chiefs 23, Titans 13

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
The big question in South Florida, is what kind of season will my Dolphins have? Has the team gotten over the bullying scandal that caused a stir around the league the latter part of last season? Will Knowshon Moreno make a difference in the backfield? Will Ryan Tannehill prove that he can throw the long ball? Most importantly, how will the new-look offensive line hold up? With Tom Brady and the Patriots coming to town, the Fins will be challenged immediately. Be that as it may, they always play the Pats tough in South Florida, especially in the heat in early September. I look for the Fins to move the ball effectively, and pressure Brady on the defensive side, to come out on top in this one.
Dolphins 27, Patriots 24

Oakland Raiders at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
As much as I hate the Jets, I have to admit that they appear to be much improved this season. Their defense is top notch, and Geno Smith might work that Bahamian magic this season and have a solid bounce-back year. I don't expect him to suffer much of a sophomore jinx this season. He's rejuvenated, and should show it on the field. Quite frankly, he'll have to in order to keep Micheal Vick at bay. The elusive Vick is hungry to get another crack at a starting spot in the NFL. Geno and the Jets should be alright in the short run though.
Jets 26, Raiders 16

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
Most analysts are picking the Eagles to run away with the NFC East division. I think they'll win, but it will be a much closer than most expect. I look for the Redskins to bounce back in that division, and challenge the Eagles for the top spot. Nick Foles and company won't have any problems with the Jags this Sunday though. This very well might turn out to be the most lopsided game of the week. LeSean 'Shady' McCoy might run for 2,000 yards this season, Foles will be efficient again throwing the ball, and the Eagles' defense will definitely be much improved. The Jags don't stand much of a chance.
Eagles 37, Jaguars 10

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
After missing the playoffs for the second straight year last season, and not making much moves in the offseason, I don't expect the Steelers to make any serious noise. They'll still be competitive, but "Big" Ben Roethlisberger is slowing down, and their defense is not what it used to be. Antonio Brown could be a Pro Bowler at the wide receiver spot, but the Steelers don't have that much depth at that position, and in the backfield Le'Veon Bell has not progressed like he should. I still have the Steelers winning this game, but I think they'll falter eventually and miss the playoffs for the third year in a row.
Steelers 24, Browns 13

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Can Shaun Hill save the Rams' season? I think not. It's quite unfortunate what happened to Sam Bradford in the pre-season, going down with another season-ending ACL injury. They had so much promise this season, but now without Bradford, it will become increasingly more difficult. The Rams are still solid defensively, but I seriously doubt Shaun Hill will be able to get the job done offensively. Meanwhile, a healthy Adrian Peterson is back for the Vikings and will be looking to start another 2,000-yard campaign on Sunday. In my opinion, he's not just the best running back, but the best player in the National Football League. Adrian "All Day" Peterson will show his worth on Sunday.
Vikings 30, Rams 23

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
Not even Jerry Jones is optimistic about these Cowboys? When your owner comes out says that the season is going to be an "uphill battle", you know that you have your work cut out for you. Quite frankly, I thought it was modest of the Cowboys owner to sat that. The Cowboys defense sucks! Offensively, they have some weapons in Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray, but defensively thay can't stop anybody. The Niners have problems of their own to deal with, but none of them are offensively. They'll be able to score some points against this Cowboys defense for sure, and defensively, they'll have enough to contain Tony "Oh No" and crew.
49ers 27, Cowboys 21

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
The Bucs is another one of those teams that figures to be much improved this year. Josh McCown was pretty good in subbing for Jay Cutler in Chicago last year, and as the Bucs' starting quarterback this season, he should be much improved. Also, with the drafting of Mike Evans, he has two huge targets to throw to, like he did last year in Chi Town. Vincent Jackson and Evans should make life much easier for McCown, and Doug Martin should have a huge bounce-back year running the ball. Logan Mankins will solidify their offensive line, and Gerald McCoy will bring the heat defensively. Expect the Bucs to be a force to reckon with in the NFC South. Meanwhile, Cam Newton and the Panthers will take a step back. They'll still be competitive though.
Buccaneers 26, Panthers 23

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
It's a sure bet that Peyton Manning will be looking for retribution when these two AFC heavyweights meet in the Mile High City on Sunday night. Andrew Luck and the Colts won the first round in Indy last year, but you better believe Manning and the Broncos will be ready for them this time around. The Broncos has improved on both sides of the ball, especially defensively where they will have one of the top units this season. It's hard to imagine that they can be any better offensively, but with the acquisition of Emmanuel Sanders, I think they'll spread the field more and take more chances downfield. The Broncos lost Knowshon Moreno to the Dolphins, but Montee Ball is expected to fill in admirably. The Colts will be tough to beat this season as well, but it's not their time yet. Sit back Andrew Luck and watch a master at work.
Broncos 35, Colts 23

Monday's Games
N.Y. Giants at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m.
The Lions have all the tools to be a top notch team in the NFC but they haven't exactly proved their worth over the past few seasons. This could be the year they make a serious push for the playoffs - a place they've been just once since the start of the century. Calvin Johnson is still the best receiver in football. If Matthew Stafford can stay healthy, and stay away from a ton of interceptions this year, the Lions could make some noise. Meanwhile, Eli Manning and the G-men are slipping. I have them finishing third in the NFC East this year, and missing the playoffs for the third straight year.
Lions 30, Giants 19

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, 10:20 p.m.
A number of analysts having the Chargers making the playoffs year. Philip Rivers had a pretty impressive 2013 campaign, but I don't think the Chargers have enough weapons to challenge the upper echelon teams in the AFC. They snuck into the playoffs last year, but I don't see them doing it again. The Cards, on the other hand, are much improved and can make a serious playoff push especially with the Niners less than 100 percent. They'll have some challenges, playing in the same division with the Super Bowl Champs, but look for them to be right in the thick of things at the end of the season. However, I think that this Monday night affair will be close, and a late score will push the Chargers over the top.
Chargers 23, Cardinals 21
Naughty's picks

NFL Week One

Well it's that time again, the best part of the year, the NFL season! I'm glad to be back with this band of "pigskin" picking misfits and a few "newbies" for what should be an exciting 2014 NFL campaign. This week I'm just going to give you the winners and the scores. I will start elaborating on my picks next week.
Now before I turn into "Naughtydamus" and hit you with the winners I need to get two things out of the way.
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Secondly, it is reported that one of our panel of prognosticators here at The Nassau Guardian, Devin Francis, is rather bitter and upset that his picture has not been in the picks segment like myself, Sheldon,Teej and Jammal. It's a simple answer Devin Francis, columns with pictures are reserved for those who know how to pick the NFL games!
Don't be bitter Devin, be better!
Here we go, here's who I like this week:

Thursday's Game
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
Seahawks 27, Packers 20

Sunday's Games
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Saints 24, Falcons 20

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Bengals 23, Ravens 20

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Bears 24, Bills 10

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Redskins 31, Texans 20

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Chiefs 24, Titans 20

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Patriots 24, Dolphins 23

Oakland Raiders at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Jets 23, Raiders 20 - Overtime

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
Eagles 34, Jaguars 17

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Steelers 24, Browns 16

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Rams 20, Vikings 17

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
Cowboys 27, 49ers 24

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
Buccaneers 20, Panthers 17 - Overtime

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
Broncos 38, Colts 24

Monday's Games
N.Y. Giants at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m.
Lions 26, Giants 20

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, 10:20 p.m.
Cardinals 23, Chargers 20

Enjoy your kick-off weekend. I will enjoy mine live at "Jerry's World" in Dallas as my Cowboys knock off the 49ers. Let there be football!
Jammal's picks
NFL Week One

Thursday's Game
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
The title defense for the Seahawks begins on Thursday and despite losing a couple of key pieces on both sides of the ball, they probably won't lose a step in production. Seattle will face a formidable opponent in Green Bay and an elite quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, so an opening night victory at home won't be a sure thing. The Packers boast an improved defense with Julius Peppers on the front seven, and his impact will be felt as the season progresses. However, it's hard to pick against the champs with the 12th man on its side, and having a rising star in Russell Wilson behind center makes my choice easier. This could very well be a postseason preview, but I like the Seahawks to capture the first win of the NFL season.
Seahawks 30, Packers 20

Sunday's Games
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
If I had to choose a sleeper team to make it to the Super Bowl this year, it would be this year's New Orleans squad. Its offense and defense were top five last year, and the combination of young players developing and offseason acquisitions will elevate them to an elite team this year. As for the Falcons, they're hoping to rebound from a disappointing season filled with injuries. I believe my Falcons will return to playoff form this season, and if its defense can be effective enough to contain opponents, Matt Ryan and his offense will do the rest. I expect the Falcons to defend its home turf on Sunday in a high-scoring game and squeeze out a victory.
Falcons 34, Saints 31

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Division games to start off the season will always produce fireworks, and these teams are the epitome of explosiveness on both sides of the ball. The Bengals have a lot to prove this season and will try its best to erase the label of "regular season warriors" from the heads of NFL pundits. As for Baltimore, I believe that they will be the dark horse of the AFC - mostly because of the addition of Steve Smith to the roster. The toughness he brings to the table will be a difference maker this season, and he fits well with Joe Flacco's playing style. This game won't lack competitiveness, but I give the edge to Baltimore because the overall balance in all aspects will be on display and eventually overwhelm Cincy on Sunday. The Ravens is my favorite to win the AFC North and I believe the Bengals will miss the playoffs, and my prediction will be validated on Sunday.
Ravens 23, Bengals 13

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
As inconsistent as Chicago was last year - especially on defense - they were a few minutes away from winning the NFC North title. The questions still remain about the defense, but the addition of pass rush specialist Jared Allen is a step in the right direction. Meanwhile, Buffalo should be tired of being the doormat of the AFC East and second-year starter E.J. Manuel will have to lead the charge. I'm still not convinced that he will elevate the Bills to the level of the bathroom rugs of the division (Dolphins and Jets), and he surely won't lead them to be the home owners (Patriots). As for Sunday, I like Chicago at home.
Bears 27, Bills 14

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
With all of the controversy surrounding the Redskins on and off the field, it's safe to assume that the distraction could play a huge role in the outcome. Robert Griffin III has struggled with Head Coach Jay Gruden's offense in the preseason and is having difficulties adjusting to being a pure pocket passer. As the season progresses, I believe he will return to his pre-injury form, and having Desean Jackson as a deep threat will be a difference maker. Houston has all the ingredients to be a great team, but no chef to cook a winning recipe at the quarterback position. Despite being 2-14 a year ago, its defense ranked in the top 10 and the addition of number one pick Jadaveon Clowney on J.J. Watt's defensive life makes them even scarier. While Houston will make it tough on Washington, not having a capable quarterback won't cut it on Sunday.
Redskins 20, Titans 16

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
The Chiefs were the biggest surprise team from last season, and now that the league has taken notice of Andy Reid's squad, the road will be tougher than last year. The ink on Alex Smith's hefty contract extension has dried and I believe he will prove that last year wasn't a fluke and have this team in the playoff hunt. The Titans are in a rebuild mode right now. It's hard for me to determine their identity at the beginning of the season. A strong effort on both sides of the ball will guarantee a win for Kansas City.
Chiefs 24, Titans 13

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Another season has arrived where I can clown the Dolphins! Before I go down that road, I honestly believe that Miami has the potential to be a playoff team if they can finally put all the pieces together. Ryan Tannehill has to elevate his game to a near top-tier level in order for the postseason to be plausible, and he has the requisite talent in order to do so. As for the Patriots, every year we think that their window is closing, and they somehow manage to be a Super Bowl contender. This is as talented a team that New England has ever had defensively, and Tom Brady can lead a top-10 offense in his sleep. Every game between these teams are always competitive, but I believe the Pats will manage to secure a victory behind a strong defensive effort.
Patriots 27, Dolphins 19

Oakland Raiders at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Usually I would be able to hang my hat on the Jets' defense to carry the load throughout the season, but its secondary has suffered major losses in the offseason. They might be able to slide past this week against Oakland - which is starting a rookie quarterback - but it will be a challenging season unless Geno Smith has shown major improvement.
Jets 17, Raiders 13

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
The legend of Nick Foles will write a new chapter in his career starting Sunday, and I believe he will pick up right where he left off last season in terms of leading Chip Kelly's high octane offense. Jacksonville was the laughing stock of the league for the first 12 weeks of last season, but they did a god job of improving its roster during the offseason. However, the defending NFC East champs will impose its will on Sunday and get a comfortable victory.
Eagles 31, Jaguars 16

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Now that the Johnny Manziel frenzy has died, the Browns can now focus on football and see how they measure up against the rest of the league. However, the current state of the roster leads me to believe that they will finish last in the division, solely due to star receiver Josh Gordon being suspended for the entire season and the inexperience of Brian Hoyer as a starter. The Steelers will be in the mix for the AFC North and could very well win the division, but Ben Roethlisberger will have to tap into his clutch gene again. Pittsburgh should win this game with not much resistance.
Steelers 23, Browns 13

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Speaking of media frenzies, the Rams no longer have to deal with the circus that came with Michael Sam since he made history as the first openly gay player in the NFL. The bigger story for St. Louis is the loss of Sam Bradford for the season with another torn ACL, which puts a lot of pressure on the defense to win games. Surprisingly, the Vikings have slightly more stability than the Rams and Adrian Peterson will make his presence felt this season, starting on Sunday. I like the Vikes in a close one.
Vikings 26, Rams 24

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
The NFL's definition of mediocrity returns to the gridiron on Sunday, and I'm sure Dallas won't disappoint and beat themselves a few times this season. Sunday's game is winnable for them, given that the 49ers are missing key pieces on defense and Colin Kaepernick could possibly have the "payday hangover". The Cowboys could steal this contest. Who am I kidding! The 'Boys in primetime will always find a way to lose while Jerry Jones will provide us with some humorous facial expressions.
49ers 30, Cowboys 23

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
I predict Carolina will be one of those teams that won't match its output from last year, and the pressure Cam Newton will be under to do more with less will test his stature as a quarterback. As for the Bucs, having Lovie Smith at the helm will drastically improve this team and they could possibly be in the playoff hunt if Josh McCown can recapture the magic from last season. This will be more of a defensive game on Sunday, but I believe Tampa Bay will have a slight edge and squeeze out a victory down the stretch.
Buccaneers 21, Panthers 20

Indianapolis Colts at Denver
Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
This is my pick for game of the week because Sunday night football can't get any better than this on opening weekend. With the reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Peyton Manning and an MVP candidate in Andrew Luck squaring up against each other, this game should be nothing short of electric. The way I've seen Denver play in the preseason makes me believe that they are finally playing with a chip on their shoulder after the spanking they took in the Super Bowl. Wes Welker's presence will be missed for the first four games of the season, but Emmanuel Saunders will have a breakout year and should have a big game. The Colts have added Hakeem Nicks and a healthy Reggie Wayne will return, so Luck will have the necessary tools to get it done this season. This game should be a shootout and Luck won't go down without a fight, but Denver will secure the victory behind a vintage Manning drive. Don't be surprised if these two teams meet again in the AFC Championship.
Broncos 34, Colts 28

Monday's Games
N.Y. Giants at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m.
This Monday night match-up should be entertaining to watch, but I want to see if any of these teams can show any flashes of being a playoff caliber team this year. Detroit is as talented as any team in the league offensively, and most of the credit deserves to be given to Calvin Johnson, but the mental mistakes prevent them from being a great team. As for the G-men, they could very well win the NFC East if Eli Manning can play at an elite level again, but he seems to be content with being a two-time Super Bowl champion at this stage of his career. While I would like to believe in Detroit to take care of business at home, New York will rebound from a terrible season and take advantage of the Lions' mistakes that will likely occur down the stretch.
Giants 27, Lions 23

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, 10:20 p.m.
Arizona was a pleasant surprise last season, winning 11 games, but I believe that they won't be able to match that win total this season because they will be on the radar of opponents. San Diego got hot late in the season, and I believe that they can be a playoff team once again in a weaker AFC. Philip Rivers will have a strong season and Keenan Allen will be a top 10 wide receiver this year, while the defense could be very good if healthy. I like the Chargers in this game mainly because the Cardinals are not fully healthy at key positions, and I believe San Diego will try its best to exploit those weaknesses.
Chargers 26, Cardinals 17
Teej's picks

NFL Week One

Thursday's Game
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
When these two teams are matched up against each other, we can only think about the "Fail Mary". The referees took away a game from the Packers wrongfully two seasons ago, and the Packers are not forgetting this. They will come back with a vengeance, ready to compete in the loudest stadium in football. Expect Aaron Rodgers and his offense to have silent counts, audibles at the line of scrimmage and an offensive clinic will be ran by the Packers. However, the Seahawks will fight and they will try to shake off the Super Bowl hangover. This game will be tough and it will come down to whoever has the chance to execute a perfect two-minute offense, but no referee will be able to save the champs from the beating the Packers will put on them.
Packers 27, Seahawks 22

Sunday's Games
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
I have many questions about the Falcons. I don't know if their offensive line is ready to protect Matt Ryan. I don't know if they can replace Tony Gonzalez and I don't know if their defense is steady enough to handle high-powered offenses like that of the Saints. I expect for Julio Jones to have a huge season, but that doesn't calculate to a win over the Saints on Sunday.
Saints 35, Falcons 20

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Divisional games in the AFC North are always tough and hard to call. The Ravens are at home, but they will have a tough road ahead of them. It all starts with the physical Bengals squad and the weakened Ravens squad. I can't imagine the Ravens being dominant, but I can imagine the Bengals imposing their will on the Ravens in Baltimore.
Bengals 17, Ravens 12

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Sammy Watkins: Get to know his name, and get ready to see him in a lot of highlights on ESPN. He is the Bills' rookie wide receiver, and this kid will be explosive. He won't be good enough to match the twin towers of Chicago, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but he will be good. The Bears' offense is too high-powered, and with Jared Allen added to their defensive line, I don't know if E.J. Manuel will get clean looks down the field to move the ball. This will be a tough season opener for the Bills on the road.
Bears 31, Bills 16

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
All eyes will be on Robert Griffin III as he starts his third year with a lot on his shoulders. After having an amazing rookie year, he came back and had a subpar sophomore year, which many blame on a premature return to football after knee surgery. I think Jay Gruden is the right coach for RG3, and I think we will see his maturation this year. It will start with this game. After locking in a huge paycheck, J.J. Watt looks to show why he is worth $100 million in this game. I do think that the Redskins will be too much for the Texans, and they will climb the ladder to the playoffs.
Redskins 20, Texans 18

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
The Titans have upgraded all around. However, they will need a lot of fire power heading into Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Chiefs' quarterback Alex Smith has stepped up his play over the last four years and he has gotten better every year. The Chiefs have one of the best defenses and their running game has been productive. The Chiefs will be too much on opening day for the Titans.
Chiefs 23, Titans 16

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Nobody ever expects the Dolphins to beat the Patriots, but they are not thinking about a few things. The last time the Patriots came to Miami, they lost. It will be scorching hot on Sunday afternoon which will prove to be a problem late in the game for the team from the north. The Dolphins have a new offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, who will speed up the flow of the game and make them put up points. Also, the Dolphins' secondary is intense, and they will give Tom Brady a hard time on Sunday. Rob Gronkowski will give the Dolphins the most problems. If he plays, the Patriots will be a lot for the Dolphins to handle, but because of my hate for the Pats, I am going with my team in a late-game win.
Dolphins 28, Patriots 24

Oakland Raiders at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Will we see Geno Smith for the whole season as the starting quarterback for the Jets? That I don't know, but I do know that he will finish this game if he stays away from injury. I expect the Raiders to be great on defense, but I do expect the Jets to do just enough to pull out their home opener.
Jets 15, Raiders 13

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
The Jaguars need so many pieces to be competitive in this league. Philadelphia should have no problems handling the Jaguars. The Eagles will fly high against a mediocre team.
Eagles 31, Jaguars 6

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
I don't think this will be an easy game for the Steelers. Their Head Coach Mike Tomlin is one of the best in the league. They will come out fired up and ready. I think the Browns is a solid team with a solid defense, but in no way can they do enough offensively against the Steelers to pull off a win in Pittsburgh.
Steelers 17, Browns 9

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Vikings' quarterback Matt Cassell will last six games before Teddy Bridgewater rolls in. As for now, he has to try to defeat the super-defensive Rams. With the Rams' defense flying around, I don't know how the Vikings will get six points on offense. I know Adrian Peterson is capable of putting up 2,000 yards, but without an air attack, how will that happen?
Rams 14, Vikings 13

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
How will the Cowboys win games this year? I have never met a more distracted team than the Cowboys. With Jason Garrett as their Head Coach and Jerry Jones as their owner, I don't think they make playoffs. The 49ers, on the other hand, have issues of their own. Their offense is horrible, but hey, they are playing the Cowboys.
49ers 27, Cowboys 24

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
The first wake-up call for the Panthers will be this game against the Buccaneers. With Lovie Smith now calling the shots in Tampa, we know that they will be more physical, more disciplined and explosive. Look for those huge receivers to give the Panthers problems, and expect for the Buccaneers defense to frustrate Cam Newton.
Buccaneers 23, Panthers 16

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
Peyton Manning has no Eric Decker this season, and he will miss Wes Welker for four games due to a PED (performance-enhancing drugs) suspension. This means that the Thomas boys, Demaryius and Julius, will have to do some heavy lifting. On the other side, Andrew Luck will be at his best trying to crush the guy he replaced. This kid gets smarter and smarter, and I am sure he is out to prove that he can go toe-to-toe with the league's best. This will be amazing to watch, and I think Peyton shows Andrew Luck how it's done, particularly in the last two minutes of the game.
Broncos 31, Colts 24

Monday's Games
N.Y. Giants at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m.
The Giants have their issues, and it starts with Eli Manning. Their leader can't get good protection, and he makes horrible decisions when under pressure. On the flip side, the Lions have a good pass rush, but their defense has been known to give up tons of points. They are usually placed in a position where quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush have to score more points than the opposing team. I think the Lions' defense will show flashes of greatness and they get it done against the Giants in a nail-biter.
Lions 24, Giants 23

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, 10:20 p.m.
Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer needs help from his offensive line. He took more sacks last season than he did in any other season of his career, so if the Cardinals can tighten up on that, he can find more time to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. The Chargers, on the other hand, have hot and cold seasons. One season they are hot, the next season they are cold. This is the cold season for them.
Cardinals 27, Chargers 16
Overall standings

Sheldon Longley (Defending Champion)
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 175-80-1

Antoinne Robinson
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 170-85-1

Wally Ferguson
Week One Picks: Packers, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 169-86-1

Tony 'Teej' Grant Jr.
Week One Picks: Packers, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 169-86-1

Devin Francis
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 164-91-1

Reggie Ocean
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Lions and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 162-93-1

Naughty (Hot 91.7)
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 160-95-1

Brent Dean
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 159-96-1

Kermit Rahming
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 159-96-1

Stephen Johnson
Week One Picks: Packers, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 158-97-1

Jammal Smith
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 158-97-1

Juan McCartney
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Bengals, Bills, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 152-103-1

Richard Rudon
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 148-107-1

Tito Butler
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Bengals, Bills, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Jaguars, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 139-116-1

Brad Hanna
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Ravens, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: N/A

Randy Smith
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Browns, Vikings, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: N/A

Royston Jones Jr.
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Ravens, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: N/A

N/A - Not Applicable.

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