Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay is my sleeper team for this season, I think they go on the road week one and get the win. I think the Buccaneers are just a more physical, tougher team.
Buccaneers 27 Falcons 24
Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans
For the Vikings it could be the newly acquired Bradford or long-time veteran Shaun Hill under center for Minnesota. The deciding factor, though, will be whether or not Tennessee’s revamped rushing attack can find any space against the stout Vikings D. It won’t be easy.
Vikings 20 Titans 13
Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles
A matchup so bad it is intriguing.This is about the cushiest debut Carson Wentz could get, scheduling-wise. Even though the Browns’ record may not show it, they’re finally headed in the right direction. It’s still going to be a long year. Robert Griffith III will have a good day in this game giving the Browns a last minute win.
Browns 13 Eagles 10
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
This is one of opening weekend’s best matchups, both teams are excellent on offense and defense. I think Andy Dalton has a huge day, while Ryan Fitzpatrick will be harrassed by Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap all day.
Bengals 27 Jets 23
Oakland Raiders at New Orleans Saints
Tough opener for both teams, Oaklands defenses has a lot of new faces and Drew Brees is not the QB to face in this situation. On the other hand the Saints defense will struggle also. The only sure thing is to bet the over.
Raiders 34 Saints 28
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
One major issue looming for the Chargers: run defense. Bringing in Brandon Mebane helps, but with late-arriving rookie Joey Bosa looking doubtful for Sunday the front remains shorthanded. Kansas City RB Spencer Ware could dial up a huge afternoon in place of Jamaal Charles.
Chiefs 24 Chargers 21
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens
The Bills will be playing without Marcell Dareus (suspension), Shaq Lawson (injury) and Reggie Ragland (injury) won’t be easy, although Brandon Spikes’s return mitigates the Ragland hit some. Now healthy, Baltimore will get back to its old, familiar game plan running the ball to set up a Joe Flacco deep shot. That approach will work well enough Sunday.
Ravens 27 Bills 17
Chicago Bears at Houston Texans
If Osweiler provides even a slight bump from Houston’s previous QBs, the defense and Lamar Miller-led run game can help carry the Texans a long way. Chicago’s defense has improved again; its offense can hang up points in a hurry through the air. It’s not ready to go on the road and steal one Sunday.
Texans 24 Bears 7
Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Green Bay’s suddenly Josh Sitton-less line also will have its hands full against the likes of Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler. All that said, Jacksonville still has to prove it belongs with the big boys.
Packers 34 Jaguars 27
Miami Dolphins at Seattle Seahawks
This game looks like a complete mismatch on paper, and I believe that will translate to the field.
Seahawks 34 Dolphins 10
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Can rookie QB Dak Prescott carry over his brilliant preseason into a game that counts? He and RB Ezekiel Elliott are going to have to be locked in, because the Giants will move the ball when they have it. Don’t sleep on another potential first-year star, New York WR Sterling Shepard.
Giants 35 Cowboys 34
Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts
CB Vontae Davis and multiple members of the D-line will be missing Sunday. Heck, even Andrew Luck unexpectedly showed up on the injury report this week. There’s enough firepower with Luck in the lineup to win on home turf. But the Lions’ offense, in Game One post-Calvin Johnson, will be a handful to match up against for healthy teams.
Colts 31 Lions 28
New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals just ooze versatility, on both sides of the ball. And their offense is just too good to let this one get away.
Cardinals 24 Patriots 13
Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins
The defending NFC East champs have a chance to make a statement out of the gate by knocking off Pittsburgh. Easier said than done. It’s no secret what the Steelers are capable of offensively, even with Le’Veon Bell out for several weeks and Martavis Bryant absent for the season.
Steelers 31 Redskins 27
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Who knows what the Chip Kelly regime will bring to San Francisco? In Year One, at least, probably lots of points allowed and double-digit losses.
Rams 10 49ers 6