Welcome back football fans. The NFL and NFLPA worried us for a while but in our hearts, we all knew that no one could live without football. This is not the NHL where you miss an entire season and Stanley Cup, or the MLB when you’ll skip out on the World Series… Or the NBA… who knows when they’ll be playing again?
To my faithful readers, it’s time to knuckle down for another season. It’s glad to have you back. To anyone who is new to my NFL predictions, I welcome you with open arms to voice your opinions, predictions and just about anything else you want to say, football related or not.
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This will be my third year putting predictions to paper on the Lions Den University. I predict every game of the season, straight up and against the spread. You can choose whether or not you’ll agree with my analysis but it’s your decision if you’ll gamble online, proline, through a bookie, etc.
I DO NOT endorse gambling… I just like winning money. Gamble at your own risk folks.
My record for previous seasons are as follows.
TheCoach’s Record in 2009 -10 – 128-127-1
TheCoach’s Record in 2010-11 – 141-113-2
TheCoach’s Record in 2011-12 – X-X-X
Without further adieu … Let’s get the 2011-12 NFL Season underway with the Saints rolling into Lambeau Field to take on the defending SuperBowl Champion, Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay Packers
Line: Green Bay – 4.5
In past years, home teams have dominated the Thursday night season opener except for the Titans and Vikings, who changed that trend in the last two years helping Vegas cash in big.
Two explosive offenses led by elite quarterbacks, with Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees likely starting off the season at the tops of their games, the Packers are better suited to contain the Saints. The Saints defensive line were piss-poor at getting to the QB last year and did little to improve that department, where as the Packers have QB hunting Clay Matthews and one of the best secondaries in the game.
Lambeau Field is not an easy place to travel into and win, and the Packers are the defending Super Bowl Champs. The stadium will be eccentric but the Saints are a top NFC contender, and Vegas/OLG is not giving the Saints enough credit. They are giving Green Bay way to much love due to the public’s perception of them being unstoppable. Then again, any time Aaron Rodgers touches the ball he looks unstoppable.
Drew Brees as an underdog is nothing to write off either. The guy thrives when people doubt him and his team as he has a 30-19 record against the spread facing critics. The Saints also upgraded their back-field by trading Reggie Bush to the Dolphins and drafting RB Mark Ingram with their first-round selection. They also snagged free agent Darren Sproles who will improve any teams backfield just from pure hustle. Green Bay allowed 4.7 yards per carry last season (28th overall) and for New Orleans to win, they’ll need their running attack to open things up for Brees.
Often, the defending Super Bowl champions cover on the first Thursday of the season due to the fact they have an amped up crowd behind them on a national stage. Factor in that the Packers’ faced seven teams with winning records to close out 2010 and went 6-1, both straight up and against the spread, with Rodgers posting a 112.6 passer rating during that span and the Saints’ pathetic record (3-6 ATS) on the road and you have your answer…
I’m jumping on the Packers like they’re a Monday Morning Mistress.
Starting last year, our other sports writer Malcolm joined along with his predictions straight up as a challenge against TheCoach, which will continue this year. If you think you can beat us, comment below on who you got and put your money were your mouth is! We wouldn’t want it any other way.
TheCoach’s Record Straight up for 2010-11 – 158-98
Malcolm’s Record Straight up for 2010-11 – 157-99
TheCoach’s Record Straight up for 2011-12 – X-X
Malcolm’s Record Straight up for 2011-12 – X-X
Saints @ Packers
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