Shit comes from somewhere.
Sure, it rolls downhill, but, in doing so, it leave a trail back to where it began.
The blame game is all about focussing on who is below me. (Barney taught us how that cycle works.) And playing the cynic means doing the same in reverse.
I'm sure you don't want a bunch of vilifiers and cynics on your team.
Say, "Hey, this project is going to be hard for me. You working hard next to me will not only lighten both our loads, but we'll get to full load of experiencing each other's best work."
Simply put: Be vulnerable.