It's not enough to say you're an enormous football fan and then just watch the games or play Fantasy Football every week. You've got to put a little skin in the game, dear readers, and make picks in public that open you up to being ridiculed if things don't go your way. Don't think about the downside, though. Think about the benefits you shall receive when your pigskin prognostications become the stuff of legend! Or just do it because all these other guys are doing it and you've got just as much chance of being right as they do.
Peter King (SI.com) - Giants 24, Cowboys 20, which isn't a strange pick outside of the fact that King picked the Cowboys to win the division over the Giants. But then King also picked the Giants to miss the playoffs and then said they could make a long playoff run. He's covered either way, then, which is nice.
ESPN - It's a landslide in Bristol.12 of the 14 people and algorithims surveyed pick the Giants. The two that didn't were Cris Carter and Mike Ditka, who didn't make any pick at all. That's some hard-hitting analysis for you.
Mike Florio and Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk - Giants 30-24 (Florio) Giants 24-14 (MDS)
Yahoo! Sports - Mike Silver, Jason Cole and Les Carpenter all pick the Giants. So do Yahoo! users.
Pete Prisco (CBSSports.com) - Giants 30-23 because Tom Coughlin "has a way" of getting his team to play well out of the gate. The Giants lost to the Redskins in Week One last season.
CBSSports.com - A unanimous decision for the Giants from the seven other guys making picks, although a couple of pickers think the Cowboys will cover the spread.
Coin Flip (Home team is heads) - Giants
My Four-Year-Old Son - Giants. Why? "Because they are Giants."
Me - It is very tempting to be the contrarian voice in the valley whose unwavering faith in the Cowboys is rewarded with the respect and riches that I so deserve. Alas, these openers have always gone the way of the defending champs in the past and the absence of Jay Ratliff and a limited, at best, Jason Witten makes it harder to come up with a rational argument for a Cowboys win. Throw in the team's habit of puking all over themselves in games televised in prime time on NBC and the Giants are the pick here as well. GIANTS 21 COWBOYS 17 (2012 Picks: 0-0)