To those that say pre-season is pointless your wrong. Pre-season Football is the time to scout your teams depth, rookies, and team chemistry. In other words its for the gamblers. Let me make this clear, I DO NOT MAKE BETS. If money is on the line; why would I want to be the visitor in someone else's house every time?
However I do know football; i've done my scouting and generated my own stats. For the gamblers out there my picks below are for the season. There will be many good gambles to chose from so pick'em wisely.
Season Win Totals
Buffalo is at 5 wins_ Take the under. -Unless CJ Spiller goes for 2000 yards ala Chris Johnson the Bills will be the worst team in the league.
Chicago-Tennessee-& Washington are at 8 wins_ Take the over.
The Bears will likely start of the year off slow while Cutler and Company get adjusted to Mike Martz'offense. This team will start jelling towards the middle of the season and if the Defense can stay healthy watch out.
Under Jeff Fisher The Titans always play physical on both sides of the ball. With Vince Young and C. Johnson the Titans will be one of the few teams able to beat teams like the Colts and Jets. They will likely start the season 4-0, 3-1 at the worst.
I don't like The Redskins schedule but they have the talent to win at least 8 games.
Oakland at 6 wins is a no brainer pick. Take the Over. Tom Cable should be in the talk for coach of the year by seasons end.
For those with Discretionary income.
Just about every year a team surprises. The following teams will provide big payouts if they can pull a Steeler, NYG or N.O. Saints season.
Many TV talking heads are picking Houston to have the MagicaL season. Wrong. Matt Schaub will not beat Peyton and i do not like their redzone offense.
Cincinnati opened at 18/1 but are currently at 13/1 to win the AFC. Discretionary's take that. At 50/1 to win the AFC Oakland is a good gamble too.
After the top 4 in the AFC Indy (13/4), NYJ (6/1), NE (9/2), and SD (9/2) i can only see Baltimore (7/1) or Cincinnati (13/1) with a legitimate chance at winning the AFC.
The NFC however is more wide open. I am not a believer in the Boys' QB Romo or coach Wade Phillips. (4/1)
I like San Fran at 20/1, ATL at 10/1, Philly and Washington at 14/1, and Chicago at 15/1 to represent as NFC Champs.
Super Bowl Picks.
The football Gods Vince Lombardi (Zeus) and George Halas (Hades) spoke to me the other night. The Holy spirits are sure that the 2011 Super Bowl will pit the 2 best QB's of my lifetime against each other. Peyton's Indianapolis Colts (13/2) vs Favre's Vikings (10-1).
Those looking for the long shot here are a few teams that will exceed expectations_ Oakland 100/1 _ 49ers 40/1 _ Tennessee and Cincinnati both at 25/1 _ Washington 28/1 _ Atlanta 22/1 _ & 12/1 Baltimore
the can't miss bets of the year comes from the college game. Take Jacory Harris at 120/1 to win the Heisman Trophy.