The night has come. Hopefully your fantasy football lineups are set and you've sent in your pick for the suicide pool because the NFL season kicks off in a matter of hours when the Redskins take on the Giants.
I'll be picking every game with the spread (we'll use sportsbook.com's lines) this season so here's the first of many:
Redskins at Giants
In today's sports landscape, every team that accomplishes something plays the "no respect" card. But if the Giants are able to repeat, their claim will be legitimate. Coming off last year's improbable championship, it seems like no one is even picking New York to win the NFC East, let alone get back to the Super Bowl. It will be a bit bizarre to see a Giants squad without Jeremy Shockey, Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora tonight. And New York was just 3-5 at home in 2007.
The Redskins have even more new faces. Tonight marks the debut of new head coach Jim Zorn and new defensive end Jason Taylor (if he plays; listed as questionable). Will the Redskins be able to protect Jason Campbell? How many interceptions can they force Eli Manning to throw? How long before Al Michaels' first Dancing with the Stars reference? And will John Madden have any idea what he's talking about? These are the things I'm wondering about.
I should probably know better than to pick a road team that has a new coach, a new offensive system and an unproven quarterback. But, hey, it's the first week. I'm allowed to go with my gut.
I see a field-goal game that could go either way. Enjoy the opener.
The pick: Redskins (+4.5)