Are you ready for some (NFL) Football?

this thursday, September 9, is the start of the NFL Regular Season.

it’s like Christmas in September; without the incarnation and spiritual significance of the birth of Jesus Christ.

i love the NFL. i love NFL Football. i love the field, the ball, the rules, the four downs. am i unCanadian?

for the last several years i’ve always had a preseason post. i would note a few things i thought would happen and make a Super Bowl pick. this year, i thought i would do that and give some love to my favorite preseason magazines and their Super Bowl picks.

number one is Sports Illustrated. Peter King, their Senior NFL writer, picks the Steelers over the Packers. that would make a sweet Super Bowl. a lot of people are on the Packers bandwagon after last season. Aaron Rodgers(please keep the hair short) is doing great and their D is awesome. solid pick for the NFC.

Athlon Sports picks the Ravens over the Vikings. the Ravens get better and better every day. they just added TJ whos your momma to an already solid O. i don’t need to say anything about the D. Vikings: that would make a nice story. i would like to see Favre win it all. however, it will be tough. these two teams are in the North divisions of their conferences and those eight teams like to hit people. i know, i know. it includes the Lions and Browns but they’ll both be better this year.

The Sporting News has the Jets over the Cowboys. J-E-T-S. Jets. Jets. Jets. like the Jets. Cowboys have the pieces. can they pull it together?

Yahoo Sports and Pro Football Weekly picks the Packers over the Colts. i was going here last year at the end of the season. however, an injury to Rodgers or Manning and these teams will be in tough to make the playoffs. how will the Colts bounce back? what will go down this year between the Packers and the Vikings?

Lindy’s Sports picks the Ravens over the Cowboys.

i’m going to make two picks. one that seems reasonable (Steelers over Vikings) and one that seems off the wall (Bears over Bengals).

things to keep an eye on:

Packers vs. Vikings – two big games that will have Division and Conference implications. two big games with bad blood. the Vikings won both last year. they’ll split this year. both teams will win at home.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers – love ’em. i want to see Big Ben and the Steelers bounce back this year in a big way. their scheldule is not crazy. the toughest games, like every year in the AFC North, are the four against Baltimore and Cincinati.

Bengals – too many issues? too many egos? let’s watch and see.

Cowboys – can they build off last year’s playoff win and be in the Dallas hosted Super Bowl?

Jets vs. Ravens – this is the opening Monday nighter. i cannot wait. big mouths. big hits. it’s gonna be fun!

Saints – can they repeat and keep the WHO DAT nation rockin’? or will they, like a lot of teams lately after winning a Super Bowl, miss the playoffs entirely?

Ravens – a lot of weapons and pieces on both sides of the ball.

Miami – could spoil somones day or season.

Patriots – have they gotten old really fast? Brady, as legendary as he’s been, has never been the same since the knee injury.

49ers – if Alex Smith works out, they should be a Super Bowl pick in the next couple seasons. if he doesn’t and Tom Brady rocks his inner Montana over this next offseason, they’ll be up there with the five or six teams who get picked.

let’s see what happens.

that’s why they play the games. you play to win the game. that’s why you lift all those weights. they are who we thought they were.

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