Thursday Sept. 5
Broncos vs Ravens: The Broncos are projected by many to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this year but with Von Miller’s suspension and the injury to center Dan Knoppen they could stumble out of the gates. The Ravens also have a lot of new faces in starting roles but ultimately I think the reigning Super Bowl Champions go into Denver and win 31-28.
Sunday Sept. 8
Patriots vs Bills: The Patriots have dealt with a lot of distractions this offseason with the Aaron Hernandez case. Week one represents a new beginning for the Patriots and a chance to put the offseason issues in the rearview. Buffalo is having all sorts of trouble finding a QB for week one and I don’t think they will be able to overcome that obstacle against their division foes Patriots 35-21.
Seahawks vs Panthers: The Seahawks are one of the best teams in the NFC with a great young QB in Russell Wilson and a punishing defense. While the Panthers should be better this year with an improved defense and plenty of offensive weapons, the Seahawks will be to much for the Panthers to handle 28-17.
Vikings vs Lions: The Lions had a rough year in 2012 and are looking to rebound while the Vikings are looking to build on a solid playoff campaign from a year ago. Adrian Peterson will be used in heavy doses helping the Vikings control the line of scrimmage and clock on their way to a 24-17 win.
Chiefs vs Jaguars: In a battle of two of the worst teams from last year the Chiefs should reign superior with their improved secondary and quarterback play. While the Chiefs went out and got Andy Reid, John Dorsey, and Alex Smith to help their team improve, the Jaguars are sticking it out with Blaine Gabbert and Maurice Jones Drew, I am biased as a Chiefs fan but I think they will handle the Jaguars easily 31-17.
Buccaneers vs Jets: The Jets have put their hopes this season on the shoulder of rookie QB Geno Smith. The Bucs have a solid QB in Josh Freeman, a top 5 RB in Doug Martin, and a legitimate number 1 WR with Vincent Jackson. I see the Bucs taking care of business in NY 21-14.
Packers vs 49ers: In one of the most intriguing match ups of week one two of the NFC’s best face off in San Francisco. This one is a toss up so I will go with the home team San Francisco wins 34-31.
Giants vs Cowboys: The NFC East is one of the NFL’s toughest divisions and the winner of this game will take a huge step in the right direction towards a division championship. With his job possibly on the line this season I think Jason Garrett and the heftily paid Tony Romo find a way to get a victory for the Cowboys 31-24.
Dolphins vs Browns: The Dolphins went out and got Mike Wallace to finally have a legit number one receiver threat. The Browns will have another tough year starting out with a loss, I have the Dolphins winning 17-10.
Bengals vs Bears: After watching Hard Knocks with the Bengals I feel obligated to pick them to win week one against the newly run Chicago Bears. Marc Trestman has a rude awakening to head coaching in the NFL, Bengals win 28-21.
Raiders vs Colts: The Raiders are a mess. Colts win 28-14.
Saints vs Falcons: The head start to the NFC South crown begins in Atlanta where Steven Jackson looks to make the Falcons offense even more dangerous. The Saints have Sean Payton back and a new defensive coordinator in Rob Ryan. I think this divisional series will be split but the home team has the advantage. Falcons win 31-28
Titans vs Steelers: The Steelers defense is getting old and the window to chase another Lombardi trophy could be closing soon. If Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy the Steelers could be dangerous. Tennessee is hoping Chris Johnson returns to his prime form but will have to wait a couple weeks. Steelers win 24-17.
Cardinals vs Rams: Both of the teams are going to have an uphill battle if they want to make the playoffs. The Seahawks and 49ers are in their division so the loser of this game will be put in a hole deeper than most 0-1 teams. This game is a toss up but I will give the Cardinals the edge with a more than capable QB in Carson Palmer throwing to Larry Fitzgerald I see them winning 24-14.
Monday Sept. 9
Eagles vs Redskins: Chip Kelly’s first NFL game as a head coach vs RGIII’s first regular season game since his knee injury. This could be a good one but I have the Redskins at home 35-24.
Texans vs Chargers: The Texans are one of the NFL’s most complete teams with a staunch defense, a top 5 RB in Arian Foster, and a big time deep threat with Andre Johnson. The Chargers have finally moved on from Norv Turner but you never know what your gonna get from Phillip Rivers. Texans win 21-10.