While I was busy watching some of my money disappear on Sunday, I was also enjoying what proved to be quite an interesting first week of NFL football.
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Posted by Rob Pizzola under Money making, Week 1 on Sep 10, 2012
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Moving pictures, Week 1 on Sep 10, 2012
Each week as we all recover from our Sunday hangovers, we’ll roll out the best in moving, repeating pictures from the day that was with the help of our office GIF master/enthusiast/observer of comical sporting events, Scott Lewis.
The Week 1 GIFs below show a range of emotions: rejection, elation, and vulnerability to the guile of the American flag.
Posted by Rob Pizzola under Money making, NFL Betting Preview, Week 1 on Sep 08, 2012
Week 1 is finally here. I’ve been examining these games for nearly two months now, so I felt the need to make these write-ups longer than I normally would make them. Eventually carpal tunnel syndrome and sheer laziness will set in and they’ll get a whole lot shorter, so enjoy them while they last.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Peyton Manning, Predicting, Week 1 on Sep 08, 2012
Week 1. Soak it up, drink it in, or eat it if you wish. Right now, I’m more excited than a duck enthusiast who was just chillin’ and strolling in the woods, and happened upon 2,000 ducks. I’m more excited than a kid who accomplished the life-altering feat of beating Super Mario 3 in 11 minutes. And I’m more excited than a fat guy who busted a bag of chips in space, and can now float around weightlessly while gaining weight.
Normal folk have that kind of excitement for the opening week of a new season, with all the hope and all the new beginnings and stuff. Fantasy folk have that too, plus some. Sure, the season technically started Wednesday, but that was one game on one night, and it never truly feels like a new year is upon us until the first Sunday, when I can not move for upwards of 12 hours and watch multiple games due to my deft remote control skills.
You spent months analyzing and scrutinizing your draft rankings, an effort that peaked in August when you assembled the best team possible. Now it’s time to see how those decisions play out, and to begin to play a game in earnest in which you usually have a one in 10 or one in 12 chance of success. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have while feeling deep shame.
So welcome to the 2012 NFL season and fantasy season, and welcome to our weekly preview. Please, come with us as we meander through some of the good and awful matchups — an exercise that may result in me eating crow, my favorite meal — in addition to forecasting the best and worst case scenarios for two key players, and many other fun and wonderful adventures.
After Wednesday night’s spectacular performance from Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, fantasy football owners have been scrambling to set their line-ups and praying to the football gods that they don’t leave too many points stranded on the bench this weekend (only owners who read this website would have had the foresight to start Ogie).
Since we know you’re busy, or lazy (or some sort of impossible combination of both…buzy?) and you’d rather down a couple of alcoholic beverines than do any sort of research, we’ve done all the research for you.
We’ve combined the fantasy rankings of ESPN’s Matthew Berry, NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano/Dave Dameshek, and CBS Sports’ Dave Richard into five convenient and easy to read charts (I’m sorry if this sounds like an infomercial).
Keep in mind, these rankings don’t involve anyone from the Cowboys or the Giants, as their Week 1 game is already over.
Posted by Rob Pizzola under Dallas Cowboys, Money making, New York Giants, NFL Betting Preview, Week 1 on Sep 05, 2012
Opening line: Giants -3/46.5
Current line: Giants -4/45 (SportsInteraction, Pinnacle), Giants -3.5/45 (Bet365, 5Dimes)
Current betting consensus: 75% backing the Giants, 64% backing the OVER
Dallas Cowboys (2011): 5-10-1 against the spread, UNDER was 10-6
New York Giants (2011): 8-7-1 against the spread, OVER was 8-7-1
Trends: In their last six meetings, the underdog is 5-1 against the spread, while the OVER is also 5-1.
The NFL changed the setup of this game in 2004 so that the game would be hosted by the defending Super Bowl champions, and since adopting that format, the home team has won all eight contests.
This year that team is the Giants, who are 9-4-1 against the spread in their last 14 games in September. They opened their 2011 season with a 28-14 loss on the road against Washington.
The Giants had some cap issues in the offseason and were forced to let some players go, most notably Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham. However, the team added some good pieces through the draft, so expect David Wilson and Rueben Randle to pick up the slack. Meanwhile, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, and Victor Cruz are back to lead one of the most dangerous passing offenses in the NFL.