The NFL season started out in turmoil. Any team could win any game on any given Sunday. It was that way almost for a month, with an 8-7 record picking the winner of these games being very good.

In what was generally a good week of football, minus those weighty roughing-the-passer calls, it was a bad week for Pro Picks. The quality of play vastly improved compared to the opening two weeks of the schedule. The prognostications were awful.

There are New England Patriots fans and there are real New England Patriots fans, says Week 1 winner of the "I Beat Burt" Contest, 57-year-old Cory Marcinuk of Methuen.

The new NFL, in which any team can beat any team anywhere -- except Oakland versus the Patriots in Mexico City -- was in rare form this past week.

Judging by the performances of their blockers in the opening week of the season, it's fair to wonder if there will be more sacks than points in Thursday night's game between the Texans and Bengals.

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