Thursday, September 4, 2008
NEW YORK GIANTS (-4.5) over Washington Redskins
Gentlemen...START YOUR ENGINES! Yes, the NFL season is here, beginning with a pre-game concert by not-so-native New Yorker, Toby Keith. But since no one cares about the inbred hick, let's move on.
And before I discuss the game, let me just say that the first week of the season is basically a crapshoot. Neither team has any game film of their opponents, and more likely than any other week, Week 1 upsets generally don't provide any insight into how teams will fare over the course of the season.
That said, the Giants are finally playing a meaningful home game for the first time since their 38-35 "loss that was really a win" against the Patriots. The Redskins have talented skill players, but it's going to be a make or break year for their QB, Jason Campbell. For what it's worth, the Giants also have a talented skill player or 5, and you gotta think that Eli, right now, is better than Campbell.
And I can discuss both teams' defenses as well, but let's be honest, there's no way the Giants should lose this game. There's no way the home team should ever lose the opening Thursday night game. They're going to be playing in front of fans that are going to welcome their team with open arms, even if their cornholes are going to be sore after an offseason of being raped by John Mara and his beloved PSLs. Gotta think that the momentum of opening night post-Super Bowl alone should get the Giants at least one win this year.
The Pick: Giants, to quote Plax, 23-17.