Like the 16 National Football League teams that lost last week, this blog’s unique prediction format didn’t begin the 2012 season well, posting a 1-6 head-to-head record against Chuck Pollock of The Olean Times Herald. There’s plenty of time to improve as Week 2 begins.
Leadership gives football teams the proper guidance to become winners. Determined team owners hire front office officials to find talent on and off the field. Spirited coaches instill a foundation of toughness and passion that drives players to succeed. Quarterbacks and linebackers guide offenses and defenses respectively to victory.
Because football requires wise, strong and influential individuals, the Week 2 predictions theme is leaders.
Chicago Bears (1-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-1)-Sept. 13-8:20 p.m.-NFL Network
Phil Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association from 1989-98. The Zen Master’s coaching successes didn’t mirror the Bears’ performance against their rivals. Chicago was 6-14 against Green Bay during Jackson’s tenure.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Green Bay
Pollock’s Pick: Green Bay
New Orleans Saints (0-1) at Carolina Panthers (0-1)-Sept. 16-1 p.m.-FOX
Michael Jordan, owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, played for the Bulls from 1984-99. There were more cheers at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte than there have been at all the Bobcats games so far under His Airness’ ownership. Panthers fans won’t be cheering at this game either. New Orleans is 4-0 against Carolina since Jordan purchased the Bobcats in 2010.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: New Orleans
Pollock’s Pick: New Orleans
Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at New England Patriots (1-0)-Sept. 16-1 p.m.-FOX
Massachusetts voters elected Scott Brown to the United States Senate in 2010. Having Brown on Capitol Hill could cost New England this game. Brown is the first Massachusetts Republican senator since Edward Brooke held office from 1967-79. The Cardinals were 2-1 against the Patriots during Brooke’s Senate career.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Arizona
Pollock’s Pick: New England
Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1)-Sept. 16-1 p.m.-CBS
Margaret Thatcher, a Conservative Party member, served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-90. The current Prime Minister, David Cameron, is also a Conservative. Bills fans wish a Labour Party member resided at 10 Downing Street. Buffalo has a 221-226-5 record under Conservative prime ministers. Kansas City is 231-202-7.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Kansas City
Pollock’s Pick: Buffalo
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)-Sept. 16-1 p.m.-FOX
David Dinkins became the Mayor of New York City in 1990. The Giants defeated the Buccaneers 22-7 in Week 2 of the 1993 season, the year Dinkins lost his bid for reelection. However, the next mayoral election won’t be until 2013.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Tampa Bay
Pollock’s Pick: New York
Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)-Sept. 16-1 p.m.-CBS
Bill Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States in 1993. The Browns were 7-3 against the Bengals during Clinton’s presidency. Since he left the White House in 2001, Cincinnati is 14-8 against Cleveland.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Cincinnati
Pollock’s Pick: Cincinnati
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1)-Sept. 16-1 p.m.-FOX
William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States from 1986 to 2005, administered the oath of office to Clinton in 1993 and 1997. The Vikings were 178-142 while Rehnquist led the Supreme Court, while the Colts had a 150-163 record. Since he died on Sept. 3, 2005, Minnesota is 56-60. Indianapolis is 81-41.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Indianapolis
Pollock’s Pick: Indianapolis
Houston Texans (1-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)-Sept. 16-1 p.m.-CBS
The Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals elected Joseph Ratzinger to succeed Pope John Paul II in 2005. Pope Benedict XVI’s blessing appears to be with the Texans, not the Jaguars. Houston has a record 7-6 over Jacksonville during his pontificate.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Houston
Pollock’s Pick: Houston
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)-Sept. 16-1 p.m.-CBS
Ratzinger served as the Dean of the College of Cardinals from 2002 to 2005. Hu Jintao became the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China in 2002. The Eagles and Ravens have been franchises as strong as the Great Wall of China this decade. Philadelphia is 110-68-1 since 2002. Baltimore is 100-73.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Philadelphia
Pollock’s Pick: Philadelphia
Oakland Raiders (0-1) at Miami Dolphins (0-1)-Sept. 16-1 p.m.-CBS
Mao Zedong, the first Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, was in power from 1945-76. The Raiders were 9-2-1 against the Dolphins under Mao’s regime. Since his death, Miami has taken a great leap forward, posting a 13-10 record against Oakland.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Miami
Pollock’s Pick: Miami
Washington Redskins (1-0) at St. Louis Rams (0-1)-Sept. 16-4:05 p.m.-FOX
NBA commissioner Larry O’Brien oversaw the merger between his league and the American Basketball Association in 1976. During his commissionership from 1975-84, the Redskins had a 4-0 record against the Rams. Unfortunately for Washington, David Stern currently oversees the NBA.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: St. Louis
Pollock’s Pick: Washington
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Seattle Seahawks (0-1)-Sept. 16-4:05 p.m.-FOX
Peter Ueberroth organized of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. This year’s Summer Olympics took place in London. Since 1984, the Cowboys are 4-0 in Week 2 in years Olympic Games take place in Europe. Seattle is 3-1.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Dallas
Pollock’s Pick: Dallas
New York Jets (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)-Sept. 16-4:25 p.m.-CBS
Jacques Rogge became President of the International Olympic Committee in 2001. Jets fans will be glad his term ends next year. Since 2001, the Jets are 18-18 in September. The Steelers are 21-15.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Pittsburgh
Pollock’s Pick: Pittsburgh
Tennessee Titans (0-1) at San Diego Chargers (1-0)-Sept. 16-4:25 p.m.-CBS
Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has guided the United States men’s national basketball team to two gold medals. Titans fans won’t be camping at Krzyzewskiville on Duke’s campus anytime soon. Since Krzyzewski began coaching at Duke in 1980, Tennessee is 6-17 in games in California with a 2-6 record at San Diego.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: San Diego
Pollock’s Pick: San Diego
Detroit Lions (1-0) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0)-Sept. 16-8:20 p.m.-NBC
Bob Knight coached Krzyzewski when he studied at the United States Military Academy. As men’s basketball coach at Indiana University, Knight won three national titles. This fact will make Lions fans want to throw a chair across a room. In years Knight coached national championship teams, Detroit was 2-4 against NFC West opponents.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: San Francisco
Pollock’s Pick: San Francisco
Denver Broncos (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)-Sept. 17-8:30 p.m.-ESPN
Indiana University President Myles Brand fired Knight in 2000. From 2002 until his death in 2009, Brand served as the Executive Director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. During that time, Denver had a 1-3 road home record on Monday Night Football.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Atlanta
Pollock’s Pick: Atlanta
Bryan Paul’s Week 1 and season record: 8-8
Pollock’s Week 1 and season record 13-3
Head-to-head matchups: Pollock leads 6-1
Week 3 theme: television