Hey, what's going on? Everybody? This is Ray Route and I'm here for SportsCastr news, and I'm joined by just a slew of people today.
We got the regulars Laurence Owen and Joe Nouveau, but we are joined by a dirty, rotten Dallas cowboy fan.
How about them Cowboys who happens to also be a part of the SportsCastr MBA crew? Mr. Keith McPherson.
What's up, guys? How are you Happy Sunday, the first Sunday of the NFL season? It's really it's about to go down.
Yeah, you know, I always count.
The first Sunday is opening day.
I know people like to call Thursday the opening day because that's the first game of the season.
But I think I think that's just a little appetizer, a little snack for us.
And as we all know, the Kansas City Chiefs looked like the Kansas City Chiefs and dismantled the Houston Texans, 34 to 20.
And I think the 20 points Houston ended up putting up the end of the game was Mawr of made the game look closer than it really was.
I came got out of reach by the time the third quarter started, so we're on a tight deadline this morning.
We gotta get Joe out of here by 11 o'clock so he could join another commitment before went back tonight at 7 45 to break down today's games and go over the Monday night game or Sunday night game.
Let's not jump ahead in days.
So, boys, why don't we just get right into it? We'll go game by game and give our predictions and how we think things are gonna go, and we're gonna start up one o'clock at this for this.
When the Seattle Seahawks that some people are saying could be the best team in the NFC taking on those Atlanta Falcons Lawrence's start with Do Who you got taken in this game, your music, You're on mute Lawrence.
Yeah, thank you.
That's that's easy. One.
Uh, there's no way that Seattle does not win this game.
I mean, I like Atlanta.
I'm just a little worried about their pass rush.
I don't know if they're good enough in the offseason to do that, so I think I think Seattle, especially with the added help of Jamal Adams, to help stop.
They're Atlanta's new running back.
I think this is A.
This is a pretty opening shut case for me.
Lawrence got Seattle. Keith.
Who you bringing to the wind today? I gotta go.
Seattle to Do not forget that Jamal Adams is lurking around on that defense.
Now there, uh, looking at Russell Wilson putting together an M V P season with those receivers.
I like Chris Carson, too.
I know people aren't really talking about him, but he's healthy, and he could get a full season.
Expect him to do some damage.
And it's Pete Carroll's show.
Um, the Falcons.
I don't wanna take too much away from them.
I I expect them to still be high powered.
Um, I just don't think they're gonna be able to pull off a win against a complete team like the Seahawks today.
All right? And, Joe, are you gonna keep the trend going? Are you gonna go against the flow? You would think I would, but I'm still gonna roll with Seattle, Man, I like Seattle.
I I've been saying it that I think there they could be one of the best teams in the NFC and if not the top team in the NFC, I'm really high on the Seahawks this season, Andi.
It's mostly because in previous seasons I've been burned by the Falcons, so that will not happen again.
I will not put faith into the Atlanta Falcons this season, so I'm rolling with Seattle.
That's how I was with Dallas.
All right, way got three.
You know, going to data are going to Seattle on.
I'm gonna have to go with you guys as well.
When you're talking about Jamal Adams, Russell Wilson, Uh D. K.
Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Phillips or Set, the boy's gonna be playing today.
They could be one of the the best team in the NFC.
I got Seattle going as well.
Now this game should be an absolute blowout, but we'll talk about it anyways.
Those New York Jets taking on the Buffalo Bills.
Keith, let's start with you this time.
Who you got taking this game? Got to go with the Bills.
I actually live about 10 15 minutes from Jets Stadium.
I'm in Giants Country Jets land, and I don't think the Jets fans think they stand a chance today.
That defense has to get respected for the Bills and then, you know don't sleep on the fact that now Josh Allen has Stefon Diggs like that immediately changes the game for them.
I'm going with the bills to cover as well.
Bar to cover Joe.
Who you got, buddy, right? Yeah, man.
Uh, see, I wish I could pick the Jets here, but I can't.
The bills air just the superior team.
Now, I'm not a big fan of Josh Allen, as others are, and I think that's Stefon Diggs could make a difference.
But Josh Allen has to actually be able to hit him and not overthrow his receiver.
So But I'm still going to pick the bills.
But don't be surprised if this is a closer game than you might think, because it's the Bills and the Jets.
Joe's got a close game.
You got a close game when you got a blowout or you got maybe the Jets pulling an upset.
I'm sitting here remembering.
Wasn't the Jets tied for the best run defense in the NFL last year? Interesting.
Yeah, And Jamal Adams is a big part of that. Exactly.
They can't defend the past with a darn, though.
in Buffalo's got all kind of weapons right now for Josh Allen.
So yeah, big W for Buffalo. Mhm.
Listen, I want I I just want to hold open up on both teams, fall into it, not pick a winner and obviously being the But I gotta go with the Buffalo Bills, they're gonna have one of the best defense is in the league.
They have one of the best offenses in the league.
It's all gonna come down to Josh Allen.
But regardless of how Josh Allen plays, they're gonna be too superior for those New York Jets today.
When my opinion the worst organization in football all right, the next one very interesting game you got.
Dub Bears in Chicago visiting the Detroit Lions.
Who more and more people are jumping on my bandwagon that Detroit could be a playoff team this year, some people picking them to win the NFC North.
Joe, let's start with you.
Who you've got winning this game.
I don't know what you're putting in these people's water, man, that they're just starting to buy your B s that you're spreading out there for the for the world to hear? Uh, no, but I do think that the Lions get this one.
I just have no faith in the Bears.
I like their defense.
I've been saying it over the past couple years.
Ever since they added Khalil Mack, I just fell in love with that Bears defense.
But I have no faith in True Biscuit E.
And I have no faith in that Bears offense whatsoever.
I think the Lions should be able to pull it out.
All right, Keith who? You got gold winning this game.
The line's gotta show me something before I could take them.
I just don't see where they're gonna score points.
Tron. Um, Kenny Golladay.
I'm pretty sure he's doubtful for today, I guess.
I'm just looking at their offense like who's going to score points against this Bears defense? You're forgetting about Danny playoff.
Amendola, My son.
You would say that I just don't see it.
Man and defense, especially in this first week.
Thes defense is like the Bears defense that have been together for a little while.
They're gonna be able to make stops and pull it out, but I don't trust Mitch at all.
I don't know. It's it's a tossup.
But if I had to take a team, the better team, in my opinion, is the Bears.
Mitch beat out Nick Foles.
Maybe he's coming through this year.
Maybe this is the year he actually hits his receivers and commands that offense.
So give me the Chicago Bears.
Bear down, Lawrence.
I respect the Bears.
They do have a great defense.
Um, but the Bears offensive line is God awful.
It's one of the worst in the NFL, and I mean, the Lions now have a slew of running backs carry on.
Johnson, DeAndre Swift, Adrian Peterson.
Matt Stafford's got weapons Because, I mean, you have Golladay, you know, and Amendola questionable.
You still got Marvin Jones.
You still got second year T.
J Hawkinson and it improved offensive line that they spent a lot of offseason acquiring pieces for it.
So they've been throwing Cem some help around Matt Stafford, and I think if Matt Stafford stays healthy is gonna be solid this year.
I think I think this is gonna be a low scoring game, though, Um, because that bears defense is potent, but I just don't see.
The bear scored more than 17 in this game, and I think the Lions easily scored 20.
Alright, I'm going with the Lions as well, But I agree with Keith that I think this is gonna be a big defensive battle.
Where I disagree with him is about the continuity that Chicago has and maybe Detroit doesn't have.
We're talking about the Super Bowl winning New England Patriots defense who is going to be playing for the Detroit Lions? Trey Flowers, Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon.
They are full of New England Patriots playing with their This is the real reason that he loves the Lions so much.
That's not, but they're playing with their defensive coordinator, right? This is Chris's Belichick.
Now, this is no, no, But this is a defense who played under Patricia and had a lot of success under Patricia.
One, like Jamie Collins, won a Super Bowl with Patricia Trey Flowers, 12 of them with the three of them with Patricia, Um, you know.
So when we start going through the Ron Harmon 12 of them with Patricia, So when you start going through it and you start going through everybody they have, it's a very, very similar defense.
What these guys have run and you're talking about the guys who were the most successful defenders on the Patriots.
Plus, I have a lot of faith in Matthew Stafford.
I think he's one of the better quarterbacks in the league.
That's been in a bad position.
The running game, it is gonna be outstanding.
They're gonna pound the hell out of the ball.
I got Detroit winning this game.
They lost Darius Slay and Jeff Oksiuta, their number one pick, is doubtful for today.
But it's also true whiskey that they're facing up against so they don't really.
I laugh that that you saying, though the Detroit's got to show me something.
Then you start pumping mixed Robiskie up like he showed us anything in the NFL.
He beat out Nick Foles.
Maybe he's got something today.
I'm telling you guys, watch out for Gardner.
Minshew beat out Nick Foles so far.
Carson Wentz, Gardner, Minshew and mixed Robiskie is beat out Nick Foles for starting positions in the NFL.
Who is he beat out for a starting spot in his career.
That's just in the last year.
That's the last year and a half three guys.
I'll tell you who he beat.
I'll tell you who he beat.
He beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots when it mattered.
That's what Nick Foles did.
Okay, But who did he beat up for? A starting spot.
Well, I'm just saying that wasn't the question, Joe.
I mean, we won the Super Bowl the next year, so that 17 doesn't stink at all.
Yeah, Well, you keep hanging on to 2012.
Next game, we got the Cleveland Browns.
Who should be one of the better teams on paper versus those Baltimore Ravens.
Joe, who you take in this game? Hm? I wonder.
Can you see my background? I don't know.
Something not going on here.
I'm taking the Ravens, man.
I feel confident about this game.
I don't think it's gonna be a blowout or by any means.
Um I do think that it will be a tough game because the Browns offense, as we know on paper at least could be one of the best offenses in the league If they actually put everything together.
Eso I think it'll be a challenge against our.
We have some inexperienced players on defense, um, unproven players at safety at linebacker.
So we'll see how they do today against this Browns offense.
But I mean, this Brown's defense is hurting, man.
So I have a feeling that we should be able to put a points fairly easily.
So I like the Ravens at home.
All right, I'm gonna go next, so I don't keep getting last word on everything.
Um, listen, in my opinion, the Cleveland Brown should be the second or third best team in the A f.
C. But it's the Cleveland Browns.
Um, if you wanna talk about a team that needs to prove something, this is a team that needs to prove something.
I've never seen a roster talent roster this talented on both sides of the ball that just can't get it together.
Can Stefanski bring this team together? I don't know, but until he shows me, he can I have to go with the Baltimore Ravens.
Lawrence, how about you? Who do you got going this game, man.
I wanna pick the brown so bad, man, I so do because no, actually, um, it has nothing to do with irking you.
It's the fact that you know, the entire off season they didn't do nothing but talking about keeping her head down and focusing.
And I think they're going to come out and they're gonna come out hard.
I just I don't know which Brown's team in which Ravens team we're going to see.
Are we going to see the first matchup last year with the Browns blew out the Ravens Or the second match up where it was rehe****d, right? I don't know.
So I'm gonna say it's gonna be a close game.
I think it's gonna be in the thirties on both sides.
And I think that, uh, the Ravens, I think Lamar somehow squeaks it out. Uh huh.
Keith who? You got one in this game? Yeah.
I can't go against the Ravens.
The Browns are, I don't know.
I'm not convinced.
With the Browns, I can't.
There's nothing that I can point to between last year and this year to say that they took a step they've got some injuries on their defense is well, uh, in the you know, they're DBS greedy Williams.
And then, uh, it's a kid that they took out of ls you play safe, Delp.
It, um, they're missing their missing those guys.
I don't know how much it's gonna hurt them against the Ravens like pass offense, but it's Lamar Jackson.
It's his show I look at this year is a revenge tour for him and the Ravens.
You know, last year they got knocked out in the first round.
I don't expect them to be very focused this whole entire year. Give me the Ravens.
Just I love what I just came up with.
A good comeback to Joe's Nick Foles joke.
Well, it's still now.
The moment has passed.
I'll just say that Nick Foles won a playoff game, so I guess that's how we beat Brady.
Who went? I went, Joey Lawrence, Europe.
Who's winning? No.
And we all went right.
Well, OK, all right.
Uh, here is the I think is the most interesting matchup of the week, and I will never say a week.
One game can kinda.
I won't say it decides of division, but can really set a tone in the division.
And that's the Green Bay Packers versus the Minnesota Vikings.
I'm not the highest on and two teams that could still be are, you know, look at is competing for that NFC North.
Keith will start with you.
Who? You've got winning this game.
Um I mean, like, the spread is in favor of the Vikings, right? But I'm just I'm just surprised that people are still sleeping on Aaron Rodgers.
Surprised that people don't think that this Packers team is legit.
I can't go against Aaron Rodgers.
Week one in a quiet Minnesota stadium.
Are they gonna have fans in there? It doesn't even matter.
I think you know he's got command of this offense.
I think that he's got something to prove after they selected Jordan Love.
I expect the Packers Thio be firing on all cylinders.
The Vikings? I expect them to be average What they always are.
So give me the Packers, Lawrence.
Who? You got this game, man.
Minnesota does not have the same starting corners they had last year.
They got a young cornerbacks group right now.
And as he said, Aaron Rodgers is gonna come out on fire.
He's gonna try toe like the NFL on fire because he's gonna be trying to put Tapout for his next team.
I mean, that's just the way I see it.
So give me, Give me Green Bay over Minnesota.
So I do disagree with you that Aaron Rodgers is going to come out on fire, but not because of him.
I think he could, but I think we're going to see a lot of ground and pound out of the Green Bay Packers today.
They want to become a running team.
Love, Flower or Leffler is, uh, you guys, I'm French.
I always say, I always converted to English.
Leffler is, uh, wants to run that football.
There's already beef between him and Rogers as we're seeing the same thing with McCarthy.
With that being said, I still have a lot more faith in this Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay Packers.
I'm gonna go with the Packers as well, Joe.
I'm surprised, but I am going to be the contrarian here.
I actually do have the Vikings winning today, and it's not necessarily because I think they're the better team.
I think the Packers were the better team, but I think it's the fact that they are divisional opponents and the Vikings.
No the Packers, Justus.
Well, as anybody else, they know what to expect.
Um, so I'm gonna say it's gonna be a tough grind it out, you know, close game, defensive battle.
I don't think Aaron Rodgers is gonna blow up today.
I just don't see it happening for some reason, I So I think the Vikings will actually end up pulling out the wind at the end there.
All right, we're gonna go to our next game, which, in my opinion, is gonna be the snooze fest of the day.
But we're gonna Now listen, toe Lawrence, talk about how it's gonna be an exciting, tight knit game and not a blowout that we all expect.
Lawrence, who's gonna win your Indianapolis Colts or those Jack Jacksonville tank, the future home of Trevor Lawrence? All right, so I'm not going to tell you this is gonna be a fun game to watch.
It could be It could be a lot of fireworks because, I mean, Jacksonville still does have a passing attack, right? They still have very deep in their wide receiver corps with D J.
Shark and Levesque.
Additional. Dede Westbrook.
Uh, Chris Connelly.
They're still They got good wide receivers.
Um, but and Oh, yeah, tight ends.
Uh, James Lee Shaughnessy, Right.
I think he'll have a break out season this year.
But come on, guys.
They have no defense.
They got two guys on their defense the rest of Well, no, they picked up Joe Schobert.
But, I mean, all they got outside of that is what Myles, Jack and Josh Allen, the rookie last year that had a great season.
But outside of that, they have nobody.
You don't know what C.
Henderson, the rookie that they picked up is gonna look like.
And they're going up against the best offensive line and maybe the deepest running back corps in the NFL.
Plus, Philip Rivers, who has? He's, like, eight and two against the Chargers, let alone these Chargers, Right? So yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, Well, I mean, he's good against the Chargers, too, I bet.
Eyes on the brain.
I mean, he's 82 against the Jags.
So let alone the Jags that, you know, have been just giving their guys away like crazy.
So yeah, I got I got the colts in this.
I think it's gonna be a blowout.
But I wouldn't be surprised if the Jags scored 20 points in this game.
So I, uh, I took Jonathan Taylor to be my sort of fourth string running back in my fantasy team this year, and the NFL app convinced me to start him over, uh, to Rico him today because he's just gonna go and run all over Jacksonville.
No offense. I will not be watching this game.
I'll catch the highlights because I'm a defense guy and I just don't like watching teams to score point after point after point.
I'm taking a blowout for Indy, Keith.
I mean, everybody not excited to see Philip Rivers.
I just talked about Aaron Rodgers having something to prove Philip Rivers got something to prove his well.
And you spoke on Jonathan Taylor.
I drafted him in three fantasy leagues.
I'm a Jersey guy.
He's a New Jersey legend a little bit further down the street from me, but I watched his whole career Wisconsin.
I couldn't wait to see who drafted him.
When I saw the Colts drafted him.
I'm like, Oh, perfect fit.
And now in this game Let's say the Colts get a lead, They're going to run the ball.
They're going to run the football against the Jaguars defense or lack thereof.
Give me the Colts.
I'm excited to see what they put together.
I expect I expect a blowout and not a close game.
And I think Jacksonville, they're expecting that to, like, you know, the tanking.
What do you say that tanks and ville tanks, and you expect them to lose? Yeah, So do we even bother going to, you know? Yeah, You think? Well, the Colts are winning, but I do have some.
Interesting, uh, I actually have a shout out to Jonathan Taylor, fantasy owners, because I am also one, and I also have marlin mcas well, on another team.
So, Lawrence, I need your **** running backs to ball out for me, please, both of them.
I expect one running back to get the majority of the curious in the first half and the other running back to get the majority of the carries.
The second happened.
Whoever carries the second half is going to get the most yards because they'll be going up against a really tired, feet up defense.
Alright? Well, Jonathan Taylor, but it be in the second half, E.
E wanted You guys know that on ESPN Mawr people have picked the Jags to pull off the upset than games.
Like, let's see, the Jets brown.
Uh, yeah, this week, one week, one there will be a car, people picking, picking an upset and they're going with that one.
But, Joe, 80% of people have taken in the Let's not pretend, but I'm just saying that I thought it was funny that more people think the Jags will win.
But anyway, culture winning.
All right, next game, which isn't gonna set a division, But I think it's an interesting game, Um, from two different perspectives.
And that is the Las Vegas Raiders going up against the Teddy Bridgewater lead.
Joe Who? You've got winning this game.
I actually I'm gonna take Carolina.
I know it might seem like a surprise because most people are taking these Las Vegas Raiders, but I actually have a lot more faith in teddy to gloves than most people do.
I think that he is gonna be just fine.
I like this Carolina offense against this bad, bad Raiders defense.
I don't believe that they have improved enough at all.
I think that they just have a bunch of guys just just guys on that Raiders defense.
So I have to cease improving there.
So I'm actually going with Carolina, Man, I like Carolina this year as a sneaky little, you know, scrappy team.
All right, Lawrence, who you take in this game? I'm not going up again.
I don't know, man.
I think Josh Jacobs is just a beast, and I don't know, Carolina is gonna be able to stop him.
Uh, that's gonna open up Derek Carr and I I think Carol, I think Carolina is going to run a lot of zone defense.
Derek cars good against zone defense.
And I just I don't think that they're going toe.
Yeah, I have to go with.
I have to go with the Raiders.
I just I don't have any faith in the quarterback situation over there in Carolina.
Uh, 10 2 clubs, man.
I'm not gonna go down this road with you again, Lawrence.
Still don't have If I haven't convinced you by now, for seven months I had to listen to this guy.
Pump Christian McCaffrey's tires so high there in my house already.
And now he's gonna bet against him.
Joe, I'm like you.
I'm a part of that 33% on ESPN.
That's taking Carolina's well.
I have lots of faith.
And Teddy Bridgewater.
Um, I had faith in him when he was in Minnesota.
Let's face it, this is a guy.
I'm not saying he's, you know, in the in the Lamar Jackson Patrick Mahomes category.
But here's a guy that was putting together a solid career, had a catastrophic injury, almost a career ending injury.
Looked fantastic for four games with the Saints last year, and people say he played five.
But if you watch the first game, it was a run game in defense that won that game.
But the next four games he settled in, he's getting his opportunity.
You wanna talk about somebody has something to prove.
This is a young man that has something to prove.
Doesn't have a whole lot of weapons, but he has enough.
I have no faith in car.
I have no faith in Gruden.
I'm going with Carolina.
Keith, you get final word on this game.
Now I love Teddy Bridgewater.
I just don't think he's that great.
I actually ran into him at the Newark airport and nobody recognized him.
I'm like, That's Teddy Bridgewater.
Nobody knows that.
This is This is when he was with the Jets.
Uh, this guy has already been on a bunch of teams.
I think he is the game manager.
He's not gonna winning for you, but he's not gonna lose it for you.
They need Christian McCaffrey to win it for him.
And everybody knows McCaffrey is getting the ball.
I have zero faith in Matt Rule when they hired Matt Rule.
I'm like, what? Like, how does he even have the resume for that job? So give me Jon Gruden. Overrule.
Give me Derek Carr over Teddy Bridgewater.
I like Josh Jacobs a lot.
Uh, in his second year.
Expect him to take a step.
He had a kind of a slow start last season.
Expect him to come out of the gate and expect him to hand the ball off to him a lot.
I also like the receivers over there.
No, a b is gone and they got guys like Brian Edwards who people are starting to get familiar with Henry rugs.
We all know about the speedster.
If they could break a couple slants if they could break Ah, couple of deep balls.
I just see the Raiders putting it all together today.
Don't forget about Darren Waller as well.
They have the more complete offense, and their defense is no slouch, either.
They they've got a couple of guys on that side of the ball that can play well.
Give me the Raiders to covered to cover.
Wow! All right, I will take the first one on this game.
It is the Miami Dolphins visiting my New England Patriots.
Um, here's a little historical fact for you guys.
When it comes to Ryan fits Magic.
Ryan fits magic on Lee.
Turns into fits magic when he is the backup that has to come in and be the starter fits.
Magic doesn't work when he's deemed the starter, and he has been announced.
Is the starter of the Miami Dolphins song expecting Ryan Fitzpatrick? Not Ryan fits magic.
Um, now you want to talk about two people who have something to prove.
You've got a coach and Bill Belichick, who wants to prove he's the reason for the dynasty.
And you've got Cam Newton, who wants to prove that every single team in the league who didn't take a shot on him well can blow him.
Um, Miami is not there yet.
You guys don't have a lot of respect for the Miami Dolphins.
I still think they're a year off before they're really solidified.
Um, very similar, though.
They're linebacking corps to the way Detroit looks there with Bryan Flores, with a lot of different Patriot players trickled in there, Um, but Bill Belichick knows those players, and that's the difference.
And Bill Belichick knows weaknesses and knows how to expose weaknesses.
Miami is going with a lot of young guys gonna be spending a lot of rookies.
Belichick picks rookies apart.
I'm taking New England to win this game.
Uh, let's go to Keith now.
Pat's Patriots all the way.
You know what it is? Cam Newton is going to do what he's gonna do.
He's gonna dominate.
There's nothing they could do on the other side of the ball to stop him.
I don't care what kind of offensive scheme he's in, I'm talking about.
He's a physical specimen.
He's going to enforce his will on the game.
I took Kammen fantasy.
I have him and Russell Wilson.
I'm like, I guess I'll wait a week.
But Bryan Flores, a disciple of Bill Belichick.
I like the way the Dolphins played last year for him.
They played tough.
They, you know, they did steal some winds, but they're not going in tow.
Foxboro, Week one with the hype around Cam Newton and beating the Patriots like this, the last thing I'll say.
Do you guys forget last year what they talked about the Patriots defense as the first, like 56 weeks is? They're saying this is an all time defense Steel Curtain.
Like a lot of those guys, they're still there.
That defense is still intact.
So look for the Patriots.
Thio Shut down, fits magic.
I don't even know Devante Parker like who's gonna who on the Dolphins is gonna put up points against this Patriots defense? I know that Camp and Belichick are going to figure out how to score points, so give me the Patriots by a lot.
This is also the rubber match between Parker and Gilmore because Gilmour shot him down to, like one catch and eight yards.
Parker took kind of I think I got 100 like six catches and 100 2 yards on Gilmore.
The second game is it.
Six catches, 102 yards, Uh, in a game that the Patriots defense played their worst game of the year, right? And still in the lead. Up like 20 points.
But And the Patriot scored 14 but was a defense has faulted the Patriots lost.
If you talk to Patriot fans anyways, Lawrence, um, because Tom Brady can't do wrong.
Lawrence, who wins this game? Don't make me drive down in Indiana.
You might have to you know that I have the New England Patriots.
E O Neill smacks. You go.
Well, just listen to me, Okay? Everyone knows that I have the New England Patriots fighting for the A F C East title, right? I love Cam Newton.
I think they've got a great defense.
New England is a historically slow starting team, Cam Newton on a new team learning a new system, and Miami is going toe New England, and everything about Gillette Stadium is nullified in this game because it's early in the season and there's no fans.
So I've got I've got I've got the Miami Dolphins running game.
Jordan Howard and Matt Brita.
Don't forget he came from the Niners.
I think they're going to run the ball really, really well.
They got Mike Giesecke.
Don't forget the tight end over there.
He's pretty solid as well.
I think this is gonna be a really close game.
I don't I I agree that, um you know, this is not Miami's big year, but I think that they're good enough and they always play New England.
Really, really well, I think this is that one upset of the year that you don't expect.
When was the last time they beat them in Foxboro, though They play him tough in Miami, they beat them.
I just don't see it happening Way.
Have a different quarterback now, though, right? I know. Sorry.
It was the defense's fault.
Sorry, I apologize.
Do not got sleep on the Dolphins defense, Ray.
I'm telling you, this Dolphins defense is sneaky. Good.
They added the guy from the Cowboys.
What's his name? Byron Jones.
Right. Um, this is gonna be a good secondary.
So this is gonna be good.
They have good young linebackers.
They're starting to build that defensive line up.
And, you know, as we know, I'm not super confident in this Patriots offense.
So for those reasons, you I'm picking the Patriots to win.
I think that Bill Belichick is gonna be the X factor here.
As we know, he is one of the petty ist people that has ever coached for the NFL.
He just doesn't always come out and say it.
But you see it, you see it And he you know **** well that Bill Belichick has not for gotten Week 17 last year that where fits magic came out and totally embarrassed the Patriots.
But I think we might see a little bit of fits tragic out there today is what I would predict.
Eso Yeah, I would love to sit here and say the Dolphins will win, but I can't, Man.
I think the Patriots will pull it out.
I just got two things to say.
Number one, Lawrence, no fans.
And Gillette Stadium doesn't mean anything.
We're not a great fan base.
And If you talk to a lot of Patriot fans in New England, they'll say it's not them.
That makes the people Teams didn't walk into Gillette Stadium afraid of the fans.
They walked in Gillette Stadium, afraid of Belichick and Brady.
Now Brady is missing.
I hate this narrative. All fits Magic.
Embarrassed the Patriots? No, never.
Tom Brady embarrassed the Patriots Week 17.
Okay, and couldn't put up any points on them to the fact that they had the ball with two minutes left to build in the second half.
Going into, you know, two minutes left.
Three timeouts going into the end of the second quarter and Bill Belichick elected to run out the time rather than give Brady a chance to throw the football.
So just gonna throw it out there so I don't It's not fits magic who embarrassed him anyways.
Moving on this next game should be another blowout.
A R N F C East Game.
The Philadelphia Eagles versus Washington.
Keith, I'll give you first word on this.
This is the most boring game of the day.
I know we were getting at Lawrence about the Colts and Jags, but I have no interest in watching these two putrid, putrid e came and say putrid teams play each other like the Washington football team, a k a. The dead skins.
They're gonna roll Haskins out there.
Running back is I don't know, the Eagles are not gonna have Miles Sanders.
They were trying to trade.
Um, they're trying to change Alshon.
Jeffery, Who's there? Guy Reagor that they drafted.
I just don't see any fireworks in this game.
I think there's gonna be one of those defensive struggle A S N F C East games, but the Eagles are the better team.
They'll figure out how toe win.
I don't have them covering that five.
Maybe they win it by a field goal.
I have no faith in Carson Wentz.
I obviously hate both of these teams, but I'm gonna take the both hmm.
Coming from a true Cowboys eso he's gonna hate that.
I've said I could see Philadelphia pulling off the real upset this year and actually winning the NFC East.
They did it last year.
I don't know if it's lightning striking twice.
Uh, I don't think it's them lightning.
I think It's Dallas actually performing.
But I do like McCarthy in Dallas, but we'll get to that after.
Listen, you guys know I love me some Washington not because of the team, but because of the players on the team representing the Ohio State University.
I'm hoping that those boys can play well, but Philly's gonna spank them.
Unfortunately, um, and I just hope it doesn't ruin a bunch of young, good OS you boys, Joe.
Yeah, well, I just want to say, man, don't sleep.
And I know I've been saying it all day, but don't sleep on this Washington defensive line. It is nasty.
They have so many players on the defensive line.
Problem is, they don't have anything else on that team.
Unfortunately, so, um but yeah, Philadelphia should be able to win this game, but I do think it will be like a grind it out.
Kind of like Keith said so Yeah, but Philadelphia should pull it out.
Yeah, I don't see no grind out game here.
I see Philadelphia winning by two scores. Easy.
I just want you guys to know on player Profiler.
This is how much faith they have in Washington.
They have Chase Young.
Listed twice is their number one and number two. Defensive edge rusher.
All right, so we're all in consensus on that game.
Let's go on to the first four o'clock game of the day.
A Chargers taking on the newly vamped Cincinnati Bengals.
Lawrence, I'll give you first word on this game.
Oh, good Lord e don't like either of these teams.
Um uh, the chargers losing.
Lot of their defensive players including, uh, their their safety.
Their their their outstanding safety.
Yeah, I don't I don't like their their quarterback situation.
You guys t mobile. Yeah.
God, no, thank you.
Uh, guys, let's say guy E.
I just guy okay? Yeah, And the Bengals when it comes, I mean, yeah, everybody wants to see what Joe Burrow looks like, but I've said it a million times.
Rookie quarterbacks, picked first in the draft generally do not have great seasons, you know, there it's a learning curve for him. Big time.
I think this is gonna be an ugly game, especially for both teams being that that new quarterbacks on both teams on a very short off season. E.
I think this is gonna be a really ugly offensive game, and I would I would be surprised if either team scores more than 20.
But if this was a game that I think that if this was if I was going to pick a game for the Bengals toe win, it might be against the Chargers.
But I just don't think it's going to.
I think the Chargers air a better built team all the way around.
Okay, fellas, if we could speed this up a bit, we've got four games to go.
Joe's got to be out of here before 11.
There's a game that will probably have more to say about than this.
Uh, look, I'm taking Tyrod and the Chargers on.
That's probably the only game this year I'll be taking the Chargers toe win.
I don't have faith in Joe Burrow.
I've already said he has bust written all over him, and that's the road I'm going.
Joe SMH I'm actually going with the bungles here, man.
I think that the the Bengals will take this one just because I think the loss of Darwin's James Derwin James is huge for this Chargers defense.
Um, I think that they are on average defense at best or decent, maybe decent defense, but average at best without Derwin James.
So I think that the Bengals will surprise and turn some heads men and Joe Burrow will, uh, you know, make you eat a little crow Ray s.
Oh, I've got faith in Joe Burrow.
He's a different kind of do different kind of guy.
We saw what he did in L s u.
I think he carries some of that mojo.
Some of that Momenta, um, into this game, if you have to pick an upset I look at this game is okay.
If you gotta pick one upset today, why not? Why not the Bengals Joe mixing? Um, he's, uh, Joe just mentioned Derwin James taking Derwin James out of that defense changes that whole defense.
I just don't really know.
Like Austin Ecklie.
We'll have to have awesome game for the charges to really, like, take this one.
If you gotta pick an upset, pick the Bengals there, my one upset today, I think it's just a new energy new season.
The Joe Burrow area ERA.
They figure out how to pull it off.
Now we got 2 to 4 25 games, and I really wish that these two games were on different times.
I wanna watch them both.
We'll start with the first one, which is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the New Orleans Saints.
Keith, let's start with you.
Who you've got winning the Saint.
Who? They, uh who? That I just don't.
I'm not with the Buccaneers Hype.
They've got the All Star team.
They got Brady, whatever.
But like when you stack the deck that much, something's bound to go wrong.
I don't think they walk into the dome and beat the Saints Week when, like the Saints are the Saints.
They've been competitive every year.
It's the same guys.
The most part give me.
Give me the Saints to cover and humble the Bucks right away.
I actually do like the bucks this year.
You know, I think a little more than a lot of people do, but I You know, we've kind of talked about it that we think the bucks, we're gonna start off a little bit slow.
I'm going to go with that.
And I think that the Saints, you know, dome, sweet dome, they they're pretty much the same team is last year.
Andi, I think the Bucks could start off slow like I said, So I am going to go with the Saints here.
I do have faith in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Um, because I think they have so much talent on that roster that I could play quarterback for them.
I think Jamis Winston could have played quarterback with all the players diminishing.
No, I think Jamis Winston could have played with the talent they have this year.
I'm diminishing because I watched him last year and he was crap.
I mean, whether Patriot fans wanted minute or not, he really was awful last year.
But that being said, I still think that New Orleans is the best team in that division.
I think that they've been together the longest or the most complete from offense and defense.
I got New Orleans winning this game, especially in New Orleans.
If there was a team out there in the NFL right now, that was that.
That was least effected by the whole covert 19 situation.
It's the Saints, right? I mean, they've got their entire team there.
They ain't got no one, really a whole lot of important pieces in specific places that they need to catch up on.
So it was just basically a warm up for the last month of training camp in practice, whereas Tampa Bay is loaded with all new people, minus like a couple of receivers and a tight end.
I got the Saints winning this one, and I think I mean sweet.
There's a lot of Patriot fans and Tampa Bay fans upset with you.
That's right now.
Tom Brady Gronk A nears Tom Brady drunken years.
Um, and then you got the Arizona Cardinals taking on the San Francisco 40 Niners, which, in my opinion, could be one of the better games of the day.
You guys know I love me.
Some Kyler Murray.
He's got DeAndre Hopkins.
He's got Larry Fitzgerald.
He doesn't have to be dependent on either one of those two guys.
The offensive line still scares the hell out of me.
The defense has improved somewhat, even though I'm seeing a much improved Arizona team this year, possibly a playoff team this year despite being in one of the hardest divisions in football.
You know, it's one of those things, kind of like I know they lost the Super Bowl, but until they lose, I gotta go for them the same way I had to take the cheese.
I'm gonna take San Francisco to win this game.
Let's go to you, Brand and I You questionable Tebow, Samuel IR Jalen Hurd IR Chris Thompson ir Travis Benjamin most likely won't play.
They're going to be focused with Kendrick born and Trent Taylor at wide receiver.
I love George Kittle.
I think George Kittle is the best tight end in the NFL.
I have no face in Jimmy Garoppolo after the Super Bowl.
And I think that, uh, personally, I think Jimmy's gonna be running for his life from that, uh, defensive, uh, front four of Arizona.
And I think Arizona has enough offense to possibly get something done.
I got I got Arizona winning.
Let's go. That's good.
I will throw in that they don't have a running back and Carly will be running for his life is well, yes, yes, well on both sides.
Arizona's got a lot more weapons at wide receiver.
I'll give Joe the last word.
So, Keith who you've got winning this game? Yeah, we're talking about guys running for their life.
And immediately I thought about Kyler Murray running for his life with this 40 Niners defense.
Uh, he's got all the weapons.
He's got all the tools around him now, but he's still so small.
He's just like I just can't see him dominating.
He's just so small.
So I'm taking the Niners.
I expect Kittel to get a lot of touches.
I love it. I took it all in fantasy.
They're gonna like they have no other offensive weapon, that they can put the ball in his hands and say, Hey, go make a play.
So give me the Niners.
I think it's gonna be close.
I think it's gonna come down to a field goal.
I don't I don't have the Niners covering covering, but at home.
Hopefully, the air quality is good out there.
There's been issues with the air quality in Santa Clara and in L.
A with Dallas game.
So hopefully that's all good.
But give me the Niners beating the Cardinals.
Is that because of the fires? Yeah, because of wildfires.
Super smoky, you know.
Are you safe? I guess we should have asked.
Well, I don't leave the house, so, you know, I mean, I don't really have to worry about it, but, you know, it's bad where I am, but where I've seen in other places, it's Are the fires near you? No, no, no, no.
Who will say I ain't been outside? So until it gets really hot, E All right, you got So I'm kind of the same as you guys.
Man, I'm pretty **** high on these Arizona Cardinals this year.
I think that if there is one player that I had to pick that would take like a Lamar Jackson type leap in his second season, it would be Kyler Murray.
Um, and one of my favorite nicknames for Kyler Murray was when he first started out.
They were calling him 5.
10 Kyler Murray.
They would just always say his hide in front of his name.
For some reason, I don't I mean, I get that he's short, but to call him 5 10 Kyler Murray is kind of weird But anyway, um, I think I still like the 40 Niners in this game.
Men, um, I think Arizona is They're gonna have a great offense.
Um, and their defense is gonna be very much improved.
I see them having a very good season.
But I think until we see the 40 Niners and again, there is a possibility that there's that Super Bowl hangover.
Um, but until we see it happened, I'm still gonna roll with the Niners.
I think that there's still a great team and they should still be one of the top teams in the NFC.
All right, well, that's all the one o'clock and four o'clock games.
Keith, will you be joining us at 7.
45 tonight? Yeah, I could do that.
I'll be doing some cowboy stuff, probably throughout the day.
And we don't play obviously until later.
So, yeah, I'll plan to jump on with you guys before.
So we will be back to pre game the Sunday Night Football game, which is Keith Dallas boys taking on the Los Angeles Rams.
Eso we'll give him a lot of the floor tonight.
Is we break down that game? Thanks for tuning into the first week of SportsCastr News edition of I Don't Know What we call this bold.
I called it a week.
One preview and bold predictions.
We will be back tonight at 7 45.
Will be on tomorrow at 7 45 to preview the Monday Night Football game.
And then, of course, we back Thursday.
It basically primetime in Sunday morning's We're here.
Thank you for coming in, Keith.
Welcome to the team, I guess because you've just seen you more and more.
So appreciate it. So far. So good.
Glad I was able to get back home in time and jump on.
Let's keep it running.
It's gonna be exciting all season.
And I do want to just point out to everybody.
Lawrence, you got your wish.
After six months, my pen finally exploded.
Today, Lawrence has been waiting for six months for it to happen. It did.
I tasted it, looked down and went. Oh, ****.
That's why I was like this for a long time.
There's gonna wipe it.
All right, everybody, thank you for tuning in.
My name is railroad.
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Take care later.