It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for this week’s game. Get it right, and you're in for a season of untold gambling riches. You'll start off with this week's winning pick, then get hotter and hotter until Vegas won't take any more of your bets and you're forced to place wagers through a network of friends of your from Arkansas with names like Diamond Jim and Pork Chop Higgins, and then you'll be shot dead by mobsters when you refuse to help them influence the spreads. Get it wrong, and none of that fun stuff happens. Here we go:
Peter King: Jets 20, Cowboys 16. “Look for Dallas to max-protect Tony Romo, and look for Darrelle Revis to max-blanket Dez Bryant." Oh, I love a good max-blanketing.
Ten of Ten ESPN Experts: Jet. All ten! Another year, another hilarious round of groupthink from the Bristol mindslop collective. I think the network's headquarters probably look like the factory in "Brazil".
Michael Silver: Jets.
78% Of Yahoo! Users: Jets.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Cowboys.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 56, Jets 0 (“We have our own Ryan now. Also, Wade isn't here to ruin everything.”)
Index Card I Threw Up In The Air With The Name Of Each Team On Either Side, Seeing Which Team Would Land Face Up: Cowboys. Fear the card.
The Wife: Jets. "Because I love New Jersey." I did not know that about the woman.
Me: With many people picking the Jets, it seems like a good time to issue a contrarian alert and pick Dallas for the upset. Alas, I can't do that in this game, because the Cowboys offensive line is a work in progress and the Jets are the kind of team that can significantly delay that progress. I don't think a Jets win is a given, the way the ESPN brainherd above seems to. I have to think that the Cowboys will play a spirited game knowing they finally have Tony Romo healthy and a quality coach in charge. So they'll keep it close, but not enough to get over the hump. I am really, truly looking forward to this game. I think it's gonna be a great one. JETS 28, COWBOYS 24
Yours in the comments.