As opening day 2012 rapidly approaches I thought I would add to the increasing list of writers that are unquestionably unqualified to make a prediction but will do so none the less.
9-9-12 @ Arizona
This offseason the Cardinals lost the likes of CB Richard Marshall (free agency) and LT Levi Brown (torn Tricep), and acquired the services of number one draft pick WR Michael Floyd and signed CB William Gray away from the Steelers. The coaching staff has named Jon Skelton as the opening day starter. While he is a big-armed kid who’s cool under pressure, I believe the Seahawks secondary will be able to disguise their coverage’s enough to confuse him into some mistakes. This will be the first of many wild BBRRUUUCCCEEE calls cascading down from the Northwest.
Final Score: Seattle 23 Arizona 16
9-16-12 H Cowboys
The Cowboys will be coming off their week 1 win against the Giants and feeling pretty good about it. Dallas was pretty middle of the pack last year being 11th in overall offense and 14th in defense. They added former LSU star CB Morris Claiborne to bolster the average secondary and QB Kyle Orton to provide some stability should Romo get injured. Century Link Field is Tony Romo’s personal house of horrors and the 12th man will direct a ferocious auditory assault at him. This one will be close but look for special teams to make the difference in the victory.
Final Score: Seattle 27 Dallas 24
9-24-12 H Packers
It’s Monday Night Football in the Emerald City. Green Bay comes off a VERY disappointing 15-1 2011. Go ahead and read it again…it’s not a typo. The Packers were offensively dominating in 2011 but their #12 ranked defense let them down and they lost to the Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Pack has added C Jeff Saturday and drafted USC OLB Nick Perry in the first round of the draft. I think that Pete Carroll’s young squad will be just outmatched in this one and drop their first game of the young season.
Final Score: Green Bay 30 Seattle 13
9-30-12 @ St. Louis
The Rams have lost WR Brandon Lloyd, RT Jason Smith and CB Al Harris but they have added rookie DT Michael Brockers, former Giants WR Steve Smith and CB Cortland Finnegan. The biggest “get” for the Rams was nabbing Head Coach Jeff Fisher. The Rams still have a work horse in RB Stephen Jackson and budding star Sam Bradford at QB. In 2011 Bradford set NFL records for completions (354) and consecutive completions without an interception (174). He passed for 3512 yards with 6 TD’s and 6 picks. While the Rams may have indeed turned the corner, they still have a long road to hoe. Seattle has won 13 of their last 14 against the Rams…oh wait make that 14 of 15.