It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for Sunday’s game. Get it right, and you’ll be able to gloat about it to anyone within earshot. Get it wrong, and you’ll disavow it within seven seconds, pretending you made the pick just as a goof when, in reality, you put 16 hours of thought into making it. Here are our picks, plus picks from across the rest of the media.
Josh Alper: “I'd say Cowboys 24-20, six points too much for me on the road in week one.”
Bill Simmons: Cowboys. “In Week 1, you always go against a team that fired its offensive coordinator within the past 10 days. It's just the rule.”
Peter King: Cowboys 30, Bucs 27. “I'm shocked too to see the Bucs put up 27 on anyone.” And there you have it. Peter King is shocked by the idiocy of his own prediction.
87% Of SI Users: Dallas.
All Ten ESPN Experts: Cowboys. Seriously, look at the conformity of picks on this chart. It’s insane. It’s as if they’re all begging to be proven wrong.
Michael Silver: Cowboys.
86% Of Yahoo! Users: Cowboys.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Bucs.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 345, Bucs 000.
FanHouse: Cowboys, 31-13. “The bad matchup for Tampa is DeMarcus Ware vs. Byron Leftwich, immobile with a slow delivery. If this was in Dallas, the Bucs would punt so many times they'd be sure to hit the video board.”
Me: It’s tempting to go with the Bucs since the entire universe seems to be taking the Cowboys. But, like Alper, I’ll hedge my bets like a little girl and say Dallas wins but fails to cover the spread. Cowboys 14, Bucs 10. I just don’t see the Bucs scoring more than 10 points against anyone ever this year. I’d rather stick my head in a lobster pot than have a Buc on my fantasy team.
Yours in the comments. Get ready, folks. Cowboys season is just about upon us.