Quick Pick: Buffalo at New York (Jets) (Week Ten; 2015)

Buffalo had a huge victory over Miami last week. However, I feel that Miami is starting to lose the thunder they once had against AFC South teams after they got trampled by New England. Not to say it wasn’t an impressive victory, but most predicted it (I didn’t).

Both of these teams are interesting defensively. They used to be powerhouses. Buffalo had an elite defensive unit last year, while New York had an elite defensive unit up until the Oakland game a few weeks ago. Now, these two defenses look a little straddled; like they aren’t tapping into their full potential. I feel these two defenses are almost at equal standings in this match-up, with the edge leaning slightly to New York, as they’ve given up less points than Buffalo.

Thus, I’d have to go by the offensive side of the ball, where New York has more talent on their side of the ball. Willie Colon was put on Injured Reserve, which is a huge blow to their offensive line, but they haven’t given up many sacks this year. If only they could allow Chris Ivory some room to run, though. He hasn’t played well the last few weeks. They got FitzMagic. They got Brandon Marshall. They got Eric Decker. Hell, if Ivory doesn’t run well, FitzMagic could run himself. He just needs to not kill himself doing so.

I’m sure Rex Ryan’s plan of action will be to run the ball, run the ball, and then run the ball some more. He’s got the firepower to do it. Tyrod Taylor’s a great athlete. LeSean McCoy is a great athlete. Karlos Williams has shown to be a reliable back. New York’s front four needs to play stout against Buffalo’s running game. Sammy Watkins also plans to test the waters of Revis Island. Not much aside from him, though. Robert Woods, maybe?

New York is also playing at home. I gotta say, they’re looking like the better choice here. And who am I to bet against FitzMagic? He just needs to stay in the game. Stay in the game and win it. I expect about 10 sacks tonight.

And the Color Rush uniforms look bad. That is all.

Winner: New York

Quick Pick: Pittsburgh at New England (Week One; 2015)

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.