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Welcome to "Number One Says," where football is back!

Number One says:

The preseason is FINALLY over, and the NFL is back in action!! The regular season kicks off tonight with the Broncos hosting the Panthers in a rematch from Super Bowl 50. This is the 11th season of the Opening Night tradition involving the defending SB champion opening the season at home on Thursday. It is also the 11th season of the tradition involving not one, but TWO Monday night games on the opening week. This year's MNF games will see the Steelers head to DC, followed by the LA Rams in the Bay Area against the Niners.

Week 1 Predictions

Carolina @ Denver (Thu.)
Green Bay @ Jacksonville
Buffalo @ Baltimore
Chicago @ Houston
Cleveland @ Philadelphia
Tampa Bay @ Atlanta
Minnesota @ Tennessee
Cincinnati @ N.Y. Jets
Oakland @ New Orleans
San Diego @ Kansas City
Miami @ Seattle
Detroit @ Indianapolis
N.Y. Giants @ Dallas
New England @ Arizona
Pittsburgh @ Washington (Mon.)
Los Angeles @ San Francisco (Mon.)

In baseball, the Yankees are on another winning tear, as we've won four straight games. A sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays moved the Yankees to within 2.5 games of a playoff spot, and after Boston's win in San Diego, the Jays are now out of first place, knocked down to the first Wild Card position. Toronto and Boston have a head to head series this weekend, while the Yankees will face the lowly Rays in a four game set starting tonight.

With the playoffs looming, the next four weeks will feature posts about the four different postseason eras in MLB. Tomorrow's post will detail the lengthy Classic World Series Era, so keep an eye out!

Back to football, well, Canadian football. Week 11 was a terrible week for the Argonauts. We played twice in Week 11 and both times we lost. Last Wednesday was the home loss to the BC Lions, and Labo(u)r Day was even worse. After leading 27-7, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats outscored the Argos, 42-9, the rest of the way. With the Redblacks' win over the Alouettes, the Argos are now behind both Ottawa and Hamilton at 4-6.

Week 12 begins tomorrow with the BC Lions hosting the Alouettes. After that, the same three Labo(u)r Day rivalries will be renewed; Riders @ Bombers and Stampeders @ Eskimos on Saturday, and Tiger-Cats @ Argos on Sunday. The first place Redblacks are idle, giving the Argos a golden chance to gain some ground on Ottawa. Unfortunately, Hamilton's win on Monday clinched the season series between the Tiger-Cats and Argos.

The San Francisco Giants are sputtering, which is strange considering it's an even-numbered year. 2010, 2012, and 2014 have all seen the Giants as the last team standing, but their terrible slide has seen them in a huge hole:  five games behind the Dodgers (entering today). The Giants do hold the top Wild Card position, but that's by a very slim margin:  only half a game ahead of the Cardinals and Mets. The Giants have won only 1/3 of their games since the All-Star break, the worst in MLB. Which brings us to...

The #1 Burning Question of the Week:  Will the San Francisco Giants miss the playoffs?