I can’t seem to face up to the facts
I’m tense and nervous and I can’t relax
I can’t sleep ’cause my bed’s on fire
Don’t touch me I’m a real live wire
– Talking Heads
Hey, it’s Aaron Hernandez predicting week 1 in the NFL from here in jail. Yo, what’s new? Same old same old here. Just killing time.
I can kill time with anyone. Yep, just killing and chilling. Time that is. It’s only a matter of time until I am back in the NFL catching touchdowns. Sure, it won’t be for the Patriots anymore. They’re too “right thing to do” for me.
But when I hold the Super Bowl Trophy aloft for the Baltimore Ravens and then join Ray Lewis in the broadcast booth, you’ll see that the predictions I am about to give you for week 1 in the NFL are killer. It’s like I put a bullet right into the target of these NFL predictions and then threw them into a lake or something.
Sure I’m in jail now, but it’s not bad. I know people who are Cleveland Browns fans. That’s cruel and unusual punishment.
The judge offered me a choice of jail or being a Browns fan. I chose jail.
But now I am having second thoughts… about a lot of things, actually. And I think I could have dealt with being a Browns fan this year. Heck, I would have even been willing to be an actual Cleveland Brown because Brandon Weeden is about to have an MVP year, and because that would mean I wasn’t in jail.
But back to the Browns quarterback. Yes, I played with Tom Brady, and I say that Brandon Weeden is better. Of course you can trust me. I always tell the truth.
I am so excited for this NFL season. I have never been more worked up. Well, maybe once or allegedly twice. But you know what I’m saying. I’ve even become a Browns fan because, heck, orange is the new black.
So as we approach week 1 of the NFL season, my lawyer tells me that this is whatzgonnahappen.
RAVENS AT BRONCOS – The Ravens defense lacks its previous killer instinct. Meanwhile Wes Welker and Peyton Manning begin working on a commercial for a new dating site that matches quarterbacks and receivers. Broncos 29, Ravens 17
PATRIOTS AT BILLS – The name “Tim Tebow” is like catnip to TV announcers, so shut the sound off unless you hate yourself. While the Bills remind the Patriots that their defense isn’t very good, Tom Brady reminds the world that he is Tom Brady. And Danny Amendola now believes he is a Hall of Fame caliber receiver. You know, like Wes Welker. Patriots 40, Bills 20
TITANS AT STEELERS – While Troy Polamulu looks old on one play, he’s smart enough to make Jake Locker look stupid on two plays. Steelers 27, Titans 13
BUCCANEERS AT JETS – Rex Ryan coaches the entire game in a bathing suit sitting in a lounge chair, just like Joe Namath in the classic poolside photo. Buccaneers 24, Jets 13
FALCONS AT SAINTS – Although the Falcons will prove to be the better team, the return of Sean Payton will be an emotional boost no other team could overcome in week 1. But it’s a long season. Saints 28, Falcons 25
CHIEFS AT JAGUARS – Andy Reid and Alex Smith are miscast as superheroes. Jaguars 23, Chiefs 17
SEAHAWKS AT PANTHERS – The Seahawks feel way overrated, and the Panthers are underrated, according to the United States Department of Weights and Measures. Panthers 25, Seahawks 22
BENGALS AT BEARS – Chicago, welcome to the Marc Trestman era. Bengals 24, Bears 6
DOLPHINS AT BROWNS – The 1972 Dolphins finally got to visit the White House, which is why a game against the Dolphins is such nice way for the 2013 Cleveland Browns to begin their perfect season. Browns 41, Dolphins 17
VIKINGS AT LIONS – These are two of the weirder teams in football, identified with a star offensive player that is not a quarterback. Too bad. They could both use a better quarterback. Vikings 24, Lions 23
RAIDERS AT COLTS – I want to be the first to ask the question this year: Who is better, Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck? Colts 27, Raiders 21
CARDINALS AT RAMS – An overrated young quarterback versus an overrated old quarterback. I’ll take the young guy at home. Rams 23, Cardinals 18
PACKERS AT 49ers – Yeah, I know the 49ers are the trendy pick. But I’ve never been trendy. I stopped evolving at “Groovy.” Packers 31, 49ers 20
GIANTS AT COWBOYS – Every other year is a good Giants year, which means they start out slow. And Tony Romo is Mr. September, or at least not Mr. December. Cowboys 24, Giants 21
EAGLES AT REDSKINS – I don’t trust Chip Kelly’s new offense at all, but I like a team with a healthy Michael Vick at the beginning of the season. He can’t last, any more than the shooting star known as RGIII will survive. Eagles 24, Redskins 21
TEXANS AT CHARGERS – The Chargers Super Bowl aspirations are as real as Mantei Te’o’s girlfriend. Texans 21, Chargers 10
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