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No NFL team deserves ‘dream team’ label yet

By Jared Bergstrom, Sports Editor

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The National Football League season kicks off tonight, with Drew Brees leading the New Orleans Saints against Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin.

While the NFL has a lot of talent this year, no team is poised to dominate their division. Predictions are even more difficult since the NFL lockout delayed and condensed the time for off-season trades and signings.

Some big names moved around the NFL during the off-season. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck left the Seattle Seahawks to join Chris Johnson and company in Tennessee, while quarterback Donovan McNabb traded in his Washington Redskins jersey and joined the Minnesota Vikings.

Quarterback Kevin Kolb was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Some are already calling the Philadelphia Eagles a “Dream Team” since they also signed all-pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. But it doesn’t matter how a team looks on paper – it’s how they perform as a team on the field. If the Eagles don’t win the championship, then they can’t be called a dream team.  (Remember how the Miami Heat was dubbed a dream team after adding Lebron James and Chris Bosh to the roster? An NBA championship, of course, never materialized for the Heat.)

I think one of the biggest off-season moves came last week when the Indianapolis Colts signed Jim Tressel as an instant-replay consultant. When the Colts picked him up, they made a smart decision because Tressel is a great coach despite the mistakes he made at Ohio State.

So as football fans gather around their TVs to watch as another NFL season unfolds, I offer my winning picks for Week 1. The winners are marked in green.

New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans

Detroit Lions @  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Philadelphia Eagles @ St. Louis Rams

Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears

Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

New York Giants @ Washington Redskins

Minnesota Vikings @ San Diego Chargers

Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Jets

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

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10 Responses to “No NFL team deserves ‘dream team’ label yet”

  1. Dakota Miller on September 9th, 2011 9:33 am

    I agree with a lot of this article, Jared. The teams are going to be well worth watching this year – with the lockout and all that had happened, plus the new signees, I think that this year is going to be awesome.

    BUT.

    Picking the Texans over my beloved Colts is … doubtful. Even with Manning out for a while, team members like Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne, not to mention Austin Collie and our linemen, the Colts are going to be a definite contender this year, one that I believe the Texans won’t be able to overcome.

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    Bergstrom Reply:

    Well with how the Colts played without Peyton Manning, it proves that they wont do that well this season. I mean really if you can’t beat the Houston Texans(no shame on the Texans) thenyou can’t even(like the great Herm Edwarsd said) “playoffs, playoffs dont even talk to me about the playoffs.”

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  2. Benjamin Morgan on September 9th, 2011 9:40 am

    What have you got against the Steelers?

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    Bergstrom Reply:

    I have so many problems with the Steelers. First I can’t stand them and they have six Superbowl wins :(. And secondly I think that it was time for Joe Flacco(0-6) to finally beat the division rivals Steelers.

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  3. Luke H on September 12th, 2011 9:22 am

    Good job on your picks, dude.

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    Bergstrom Reply:

    Thanks!

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  4. Jacob Magnotta on September 12th, 2011 11:45 am

    Go Titans!!!!! And the Bengals!!! Go dolphins!!!!! Texans are going to win the superbowl!!

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    Bergstrom Reply:

    I do agree with only one of your picks, the Dolphins. But I mean, come on, do you really think the Texans can win the Super Bowl? Sure, I have them winning their division, but they can’t get past New England or San Diego.

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  5. Matt Miller on September 12th, 2011 2:59 pm

    Everyone knows the Lions are gonna win it all.

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    Jared Bergstrom Reply:

    I definitely don’t agree with your statement because even though the Lions have an okay team, there is just no way they can get past division rivals Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears this year. But they will finish third in their division with a .500 record.

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