Twenty minutes before the kickoff to the 2015 NFL season, a thought comes to my mind:
“Dude, I should blog my picks.”
So, I’m going to do just that. I kinda wish I had thought to do this earlier, so that I could have time to think about every match-up this week carefully before deciding. So, since the beginning of the season draws near, I decided I’m going to just dedicate this quick note to the game going on tonight, and then make another note elaborating my picks for the rest of the games going on on Sunday.
The Steelers are without Maurkice Pouncey, Martavis Bryant, and Le’veon Bell tonight—three offensive starters that will be missed. However, what they still have in Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, and the rest of the offensive line shouldn’t make those losses all too significant. Tom Brady didn’t look good at all in the preseason (note he didn’t have most of his offensive starters with him) and I think the entire ordeal with DeflateGate has messed with his mojo tremendously. I don’t think the Patriots are the underdogs in this match-up, but I think with all that’s happened throughout the offseason, their chances seem more slim than usual. On the contrary, the Patriots could also use everything against them as motivation to quiet their doubters, similar to how they trampled the competition during the 2007 season.
I also have a funny feeling that this won’t be a close game. Either team could get blown out, and I think the chances are good that it will happen. Either Tom Brady will let out his pent-up frustration and anger on the Steelers’ secondary or Ben Roethlisberger will have one of his miraculous six-touchdown games.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Patriots’ secondary holds up without Darelle Revis this season, and how they fare against Antonio Brown. The same can be said about the Steelers’ secondary, with Cortez Allen’s inconsistent play and the retiring of Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor in the offseason. Both of these teams look very similar in structure. That’s also what makes it so hard to doubt either team. I have a good feeling about the Steelers, though. Let’s see if my “good feelings” can translate to more correct picks than not.
Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers.