Mac's NFL Blog: 9/6/07

We've waited long enough. It's been 7 months since we've had an NFL game that mattered, and our collective patience has run out. Football fans everywhere are sick of listening to guys like Jamie Dukes and Sean Salisbury tell us why our teams will or won't succeed in 2007, and it's time we settle this on the only place it matters: The field.

Tonight, our wish comes true. Sure, we have to sit through performances by Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson and John Mellencamp, then sift through a too long pre-game show featuring a whole lot of filler by NBC's 9-person broadcast team (Don't be upset, ESPN. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery), but we can see the light at the dark tunnel that is the off-season.

Let the 2007 NFL season begin!

Mac's Picks - NFL 2007

This year, I'll try to improve upon my 120-131-5 record from 2006, which shouldn't be too hard. There's really only one way to go.

The rest of my picks will be up tomorrow, but tonight I like the Indianapolis Colts (-6) over the New Orleans Saints. I know the Colts aren't the same team that won Super Bowl XLI, but this game is in Indianapolis, on national television, and Peyton Manning still has the weapons to pick apart a suspect Saints pass defense.

The Links

New Orleans Saints LT Jammal Brown had a great idea on how to prepare for the speed of Colts DE Dwight Freeney.

Eight guys who have been apart of team's that repeated as Super Bowl champs chime in on what the Colts chances are. (Though one of them is a little biased)

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star breaks down tonight's game.

The Raiders are expected to announce that QB Josh McCown will start on Sunday. (Which I accurately predicted yesterday)

The Jets and Giants broke ground yesterday on a $1.3 billion dollar stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is a "Packers killer".

The Eagles aren't taking the Packers lightly.

Falcons RB Warrick Dunn will start against the Vikings on Sunday.

Team officials in Minnesota are blaming traffic fears stemming from the I-35W closure this weekend for the slow ticket sales.

Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson sought some quarterbacking advice from Peyton Manning in the past few days.

Miami Dolphins Cam Cameron used to his riding crop to point out that RB Ronnie Brown will be the Dolphins starting running back this year.

The Dolphins aren't interested in New England Patriots WR Reche Caldwell.

Washington Redskins guard Pete Kendall is still adjusting to the unfamiliar players he lines up with.

Apparently the Patriots added some wide receivers this off-season. (Or something)

Shalize Manza Young of the Providence Journal adds fuel to the unconfirmed rumors that Patriots DE Richard Seymour could miss the entire season.

QB Chad Pennington is at his best when he's managing the game.

The Tennessee Titans are focused on stopping the Jaguars two-back rushing attack.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver sat down for an interview with Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, the highlight of which is Weaver saying that a playoff win isn't necessary to save Jack Del Rio's job because in the last three seasons, the Jaguars have the 7th best regular season record in the league. (Psst, Mr. Weaver. "We're #7" isn't the chant you're going to hear in that half-empty stadium of yours. It'll be more like "Where's #7" if QB David Garrard struggles now that he's on top of the depth chart.)

There's no doubt that the Broncos are Jay Cutler's team.

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger hopes to avoid a repeat of his 2006 season. (And he's avoiding head-butting Chryslers to prove it.)

Cleveland Browns CB Leigh Bodden was arrested Wednesday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for arguing with officials and resisting arrest. His status for Sunday is unknown.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback, head coach and general manager are on the hot seat in 2007.

Within Stan Olsen's notebook in the Charlotte Observer, we learn that Panthers LB Dan Morgan is ready to go and WR Steve Smith has let some words uttered by Rams CB Tye Hill marinate for the last year.

The St. Louis Rams and offensive tackle Todd Steussie reached an injury settlement.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has more on Tye Hill's "slight" of Steve Smith.

Kansas City Chiefs rookie kicker Justin Medlock is remaining confident after a rough start to his career.

The Houston Texans know they'll have their work cut out for them trying to stop Chiefs RB Larry Johnson on Sunday.

Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times provides a chronology detailing why Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden is on the hot seat.

Who will Buccaneers rookie DE Gaines Adams face in his first NFL game? The greatest Seahawk ever.

Returning to the field is more of a mental hurdle for Chicago Bears DT Tommie Harris.

San Diego Chargers Team President Dean Spanos thinks teams are judged by what they do in the post-season. (Which could explain why Marty Schottenheimer isn't there anymore.)

Rookie LB Buster Davis has landed on the Detroit Lions practice squad.

Raiders QB Josh McCown and WR Mike Williams could be the latest in a long line of discarded Lions who have lead their new teams to wins over Detroit.

It's no surprise that the Oakland Raiders disagree with the opinion of Ray Russell, the uncle and advisor to Raiders' 1st round pick JaMarcus Russell, that the two sides are any closer to a deal.

After a summer spent nursing injuries, Giants wide recievers Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress are proceeding into the regular season cautiously.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo is looking for greatness. (Here's a hint: It won't be found posing for photos like this.)

The Baltimore Ravens plan on retaining QB Kyle Boller.

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun has some doubts about Ravens QB Steve McNair.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is waiting until after Monday night's game against San Francisco before he answers the "Can they rush the passer?" question.

Cardinals' kicker Neil Rackers made some changes in the off-season.

The San Francisco 49ers have signed DT Atiyyah Ellison off the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.

During halftime of the Cardinals-49ers game on Monday night, there will be a video and pictorial tribute to honor the late Bill Walsh, who will also be added to the 49ers' Ring of Honor. A black "BW" sticker will adorn the 49ers helmets all season and the team will wear their throwback cherry-red jerseys for the game.


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