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JIM TROTTER'S: PICKS OF THE WEEK

Sept. 12, 2011
Sept. 12, 2011

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Sept. 12, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
TEN YEARS
  • The games we watched played a substantial role in fostering a return to normalcy after 9/11. In the decade since the attack, with two wars still raging, sports still provide comfort—but they have also inspired, united and reminded

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • The Braves' three-headed relief monster—two parts lefty, one part Rookie of the Year front-runner, 100% filthy—has made life historically brutish and short for hitters. Now all the trio needs is a worthy nickname

TRACK AND FIELD
PRO BASKETBALL
  • No one loves the game more than the Mercury guard, a leading contender for WNBA MVP, but even she didn't understand what hoops meant to her until a string of harrowing events threatened to derail her career

TCU Coach GARY PATTERSON
  • Twenty-five years ago TCU coach Gary Patterson was a tumbleweed assistant clinging to a Division II job. No one expected he would rise to the top of his profession—not even the author, who lived with him then

POINT AFTER
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JIM TROTTER'S: PICKS OF THE WEEK

Among the full slate of 16 games to kick off the 2011 season, these are three of the most compelling matchups.

Saints at Packers

This is an article from the Sept. 12, 2011 issue

These two recent Super Bowl winners look a lot alike, but one team takes more defensive risks, and on Thursday night Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (below) will make New Orleans pay for them late.

Packers 24, Saints 20

Steelers at Ravens

Each of their last seven regular-season meetings was decided by six points or fewer, and a field goal separated them in each of the past four. This one should be no different.

Ravens 20, Steelers 17

Cowboys at Jets

In a Sunday-night battle of the Ryan brothers, clean-cut Jets coach Rex (with the better offensive line) prevails against disheveled Dallas defensive coordinator Rob (with the suspect secondary).

Jets 20, Cowboys 14

PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER