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Packers, Patriots take it easy (Week 1 NFL Preview)
ESPN ^ | 09/09/2012 | John Clayton

Posted on 09/09/2012 7:17:07 AM PDT by nhwingut

Last year's No. 1 seeds -- the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots -- benefit from easy schedules this season.

Each team has eight games against the NFC West and AFC South, divisions that are in quarterback transition. The only elite quarterback is Houston's Matt Schaub. Those divisions have four rookie or second-year quarterbacks. The Arizona Cardinals have John Skelton, who is inexperienced.

Considering the Packers' and Patriots' problems on defense last season, these games offer them the chance to gain some confidence and improve. The Packers have the toughest task Sunday -- they host the San Francisco 49ers, the favorites to win the NFC West. The Patriots travel to Nashville to play the Tennessee Titans and Jake Locker, who is making his first start.

Here are the top 10 trends heading into the first week of the season:

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: chat; football; nfl; packers; patriots; sports
To get our minds out of the polls sewer.
1 posted on 09/09/2012 7:17:09 AM PDT by nhwingut
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To: nhwingut

Niners are overated. They had a soft schedule last year in a weak division. Packers will win.


2 posted on 09/09/2012 7:30:37 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: nhwingut

The Arizona Cardinals are goin’ to the Super Bowl! Book it!


3 posted on 09/09/2012 7:33:35 AM PDT by Reagan‹berAlles
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To: nhwingut

Good news for my fantasy team.... Aaron Rodgers is going to have a great season.


4 posted on 09/09/2012 8:22:05 AM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: nhwingut

Ironic that the Cowboys handed Superbowl Champ Giants their first season loss. IIRC, it was the Giants that knocked the Cowboys out of a playoff slot last season.

Sweet revenge :)


5 posted on 09/09/2012 8:23:37 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: nhwingut

After my sour grapes pick of Oklahoma State beating my Arizona by over 100 pts yesterday, I will not venture a NFL pick. (Arizona won)


6 posted on 09/09/2012 8:40:33 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Reagan√úberAlles

The owners of the Cards are conservatives which makes it easier for me to root for.


7 posted on 09/09/2012 9:26:16 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: TomGuy

It’s early in the season. I’m no Giants fan either but Romo looked really good. But one pattern I’ve noticed thru the years is that Romo gets worse as the season goes on..maybe it’s his surrounding teammates, who knows.


8 posted on 09/09/2012 9:29:21 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: max americana

Dallas is very thin depth-wise, that’s why they tend to fade...these days depth is the key to winning championships.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 9:31:08 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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True dat’.


10 posted on 09/09/2012 9:36:58 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Reagan√úberAlles

11 posted on 09/09/2012 2:12:08 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nhwingut

I was at the Patriots game.They could have scored double what they did


12 posted on 09/09/2012 7:02:00 PM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Ahem...care to revise and extend your remarks? Go Niners!


13 posted on 09/09/2012 7:07:55 PM PDT by Last of the Mohicans
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