By: Andrew Nason
The NFL season is finally back. Here are my picks for week 1.
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
The Patriots are favored in every game for a reason. Tom Brady will come out firing in front of Roger Goodell and the hometown fans.
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
I feel bad for anyone who has to watch this game. Both are bad teams, but the Bills Mafia at least have an established quarterback in Tyrod Taylor.
Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears
This game will likely look like last year’s Super Bowl for the Falcons, except for the blown 28-3 lead.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Ravens can rest easy, as their chances of suffering more injuries have decreased significantly for this game with Vontaze Burfict being suspended, but their lack of offensive weapons will cost them.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
The Browns got better this off season. They went 4-0 in the preseason. They did a lot of things right. Unfortunately, it’s back to reality (regular season football) for them this week.
Arizona Cardinals @ Detroit Lions
I’m a bit surprised that Arizona is favored by 2 in this game. Detroit’s offensive line took a hit losing left tackle Taylor Decker, but I still have a good feeling about Matthew Stafford and his gigantic contract at home.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
Savage vs. Bortles could be the worst quarterback matchup of the weekend. Expect a low scoring, overall ugly game from both teams. I’ll take Houston at home, mainly because of the motivation they’ll have after dealing with Hurricane Harvey.
Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans
My favorite match up of the week. Two teams on the rise after years of lousy play. Two young studs at quarterback in Carr and Mariota. It’s all you can ask for. Experience will favor the Raiders, but watch out for the Titans this season.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
A lot of people seem to like the Eagles this season. I am not one of them. Look for Kirk Cousins to abuse their secondary with his new toy, Terrelle Pryor.
Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Rams
If Andrew Luck was playing, I’d take the Colts. He isn’t playing though, instead, we’ve got the pride of Wisconsin, Scott Tolzien, under center. This is where people get those “Colin Kaepernick is better than a lot of starting quarterbacks” arguments from. Give me my boy Goff and the Rams.
Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers
This sounds like a playoff match up right here. I’ll take the home team Packers, but who knows, maybe Eddie Lacy will eat a can of spinach before the game rather than his usual 3 Big Macs and off.
Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers
Another case of an established quarterback (Newton) vs a place holding journeyman (Hoyer). Watch out for Christian McCaffrey, 200 all-purpose yards is not a far-fetched thought.
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliot lost his appeal, but he is still able to play in this game before serving his 6-game suspension. That’s huge for the Cowboys, as the Giants boast one of the best defensive lines in football. Jerry and the boys will be angry at the league, at themselves, and most importantly, at the Giants. Give me them BOYS!
New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings
In a match up of a high-powered offense (Saints) vs a really good defense (Vikings) and a not so good defense (Saints) and an ok at best offense (Vikings), from a logical standpoint, I’ll take the Vikings in a close one.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos
At long last, here’s my upset pick! The Chargers improved their O-line and have a young, quarterback hungry defensive line ready to shock the world this year. Phillip Rivers doesn’t make the commute every day from San Diego to Los Angeles just to put up another 5-win season! No, this man is pissed off from sitting in traffic and is ready to win!!!
And for what it’s worth…
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Miami Dolphins
This game has been postponed until week 11, but if it were to be played this weekend, Jameis Winston would have had a lot of fun with his new offensive weapons and put Smoking Jay Cutler and the Fins down early.
Would have been Winner: Buccaneers