NFL Week 1 Recap and “Beat the House” Results

Week One is always a bitch to pick. At least for me it is. You never know which teams are going to carry over their success, or failures, from last season, and who still has enough rust to affect the outcome of the game. Still, it is the role of The House to pick all 16 games correctly, and it didn’t happen, as proven by a mere 10 games picked correctly.

With the first week of the 2009 NFL season in the books, the results are as follows:

* The House Madden Sim Members
Week 1: 10-6 9-7 13-3
2009 Overall: 10-6 9-7 13-3

The Challenge
Three games we disagreed with in the kickoff week. Each of the three went the way the collective membership thought it would. The House picked Miami, Detroit and Carolina to win their week 1 contests, but all three failed to do so.

The first contest featured two 2008 playoff teams in the Dolphins and Falcons. Miami couldn’t quite get the ball in the endzone and Atlanta picked up right where they left off last season.

It was Carolina who ran into a brick wall in the Philadelphia Eagles, who are known for slow season starts. Philly routed them in what appeared to be the end of Jake Delhomme’s career in Carolina… or the NFL for that matter.

In a highly criticized pick, The House went with the Lions, coming off of their record 0-16 season, thinking they could muster a win for pride’s sake. No such thing happened, but the Lions did manage to score 27 points and bring the game within 11 points late in the third quarter.

game ballCongrats go out to the Members for Beating the House, especially one in particular, who came as close as you can get to perfection without touching it. FishEater earned 14 wins in the kickoff week, picking only the Seattle/St. Louis game incorrectly. Since the House was bested, we’re going to ship out a Nerf Pro Grip football his way as well as a DVD prize pack. Congrats again. We’ll be in touch.

The second part of our competition, the Nickent Players of the Week, will be decided on Wednesday when the NFL announces the top dogs for week 1. Good Luck!

Tune back in on Thursday morning to once again agree or disagree with the House’s NFL week 2 picks and predictions.

The Fantasy
A few players lit it up right out of the gate. Drew Brees dropped 6 touchdowns on the Lions, an amazing performance and Adrian Peterson, most unshockingly, ran all day and night over the Browns. Rounding out the top 5 are Joe Flacco, Reggie Wayne and the T.O.-less Tony Romo. Here are the details:


Drew Brees
Quarterback – New Orleans Saints
In 45-27 win over the Detroit Lions
– 26/34 for 358 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT.

Adrian Peterson
Running back – Minnesota Vikings
In 34-20 win over the Cleveland Browns
– 25 carries for 180 yards, 3 TDs.

Joe Flacco
Quarterback – Baltimore Ravens
In 38-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs
– 26/43 for 307 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT.

Reggie Wayne
Wide Receiver – Indianapolis Colts
In 14-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars
– 10 catches for 162 yards, 1 TDs.

Tony Romo
Quarterback – Dallas Cowboys
In 34-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
– 16/27 for 353 yards, 3 TDs.

To review the Week 1 picks, visit the Beat the House main picks page. The week 2 picks and predictions will be up early Thursday morning. Make sure you get your picks in early to move up the leaderboard and get another shot at beating the house. Check in often, the board can drastically change over the remainder of the football season.

Stay tuned to see who will be named the Nickent Players of the Week and if any members have won the full set of golf clubs this week. We’ll update you as soon as the players of the week are announced.

For all other NFL and sports updates, check out the TMRzoo Sports Zone.

See you next week.