Thursday Night Football
7:30 PM Carolina Panthers @ Denver Broncos
-In this super bowl rematch, it is important to acknowledge the differences in that game and this one. The Panthers were without Kelvin Benjamin and the Broncos have a new QB, Trevor Siemian. Keeping this simple, I think the Panthers will blow out the Broncos and I think Siemian struggles against the Panthers defense.
Final Score: 45-17
Sunday Early Games
Minnesota Vikings @ Tennessee Titans
-With Teddy Bridgewater injured, I think it will take a few weeks for the Vikings to get their offense on the right page. With that being said the Titans are going be very competitive and I think they start the season on the right track with a home victory.
Final Score: 24-18
Chicago Bears @ Houston Texans
-This is a hard game for me to pick because of the fact that I am a Bears fan. JJ Watt is still questionable for this game and I think if he doesn’t play then the Bears win, but they lose if he plays. So, assuming that he does play this week, I think Brock Osweiler gets his first Texans victory against my Bears.
Final Score: 23-17
Cleveland Browns @ Philadelphia Eagles
-I believe the Browns will be sneaky good this season with the likes of RG3, Josh Gordon, Gary Barnidge & Corey Coleman. The Eagles are starting #2 overall pick Carson Wentz this week after trading Sam Bradford to the Vikings. I think the Browns will upset Wentz and the Eagles with a very close win on Sunday.
Final Score: 28-27
Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens
-I think this an easy game to predict: Buffalo Bills. The Ravens are recovering from a lot of injuries and the Bills are coming off a promising season with Tyrod Taylor emerging as a star.
Final Score: 31-19
San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
-I think that the Chargers are going to be the worst team this season. So I think the season starts off on a bad foot on the road in KC. I predict that the Chiefs easily take down the Chargers with a final score of 35-15.
Oakland Raiders @ New Orleans Saints
-This game has the potential to be a very entertaining matchup and I think it will live up to that hype. Both teams are going to air it our down the field and it will come down to turnovers to prove who wins this game. I think the Raiders defense will hold up and help Oakland win their season opener.
Final Score: 36-28
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons
-I believe that this game will be very offensive driven as well. Just like with Oakland and New Orleans, I think this will game will come to which defense will be able to stop who later on in the game. When it’s all said and done I think that Famous Jameis and the Buccaneers will come out on top in the season opener.
Final Score: 27-21
Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets
-The New York Jets have a lot to prove this season because they were very close to making the playoffs and now they have Matt Forte and resigned Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bengals have been a very successful regular season team, but have yet to make it far in the playoffs. In a close game, dominated by defense, I think that the Bengals pull out the win on the road.
Final Score: 17-14
Green Bay Packers @ Jacksonville Jaguars
-While I do think that the Jaguars are going to win the AFC South Division, I think this will be a game that they will be unable to win. I do think they will make it very close, but Aaron Rodgers comes through clutch for the Packers and helps them win their season opener.
Final Score: 24-17
Sunday Afternoon Games
3:05 PM Miami Dolphins @ Seattle Seahawks
-There isn’t much to say about this game except that the Seahawks are going to be way too much for the Dolphins to handle. I think Russell Wilson leads a blowout victory at home.
Final Score: 45-14
3:25 PM New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
-With Tony Romo injured, fans immediately thought back to last season when the Cowboys went 0-12 without Tony Romo. This season will be different though with rookie Dak Prescott in line to start. Despite the fact the Giants opened up the checkbook this offseason to sign defensive players, I think Prescott and fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott will lead the Cowboys to a much needed home victory.
Final Score: 42-38
3:25 PM Detroit Lions @ Indianapolis Colts
-This is a very hard game to predict because it is hard to tell how well Andrew Luck is going to perform coming off of all of his injuries sustained last season. The Lions on the other hand lost Calvin Johnson due to retirement, but did bring in Marvin Jones to try to help out the receiving core. In this game, I think it will come down to the running game between Ameer Abdullah & Frank Gore. I think the Colts win this battle and pick up their first win of the season.
Final Score: 23-16
Sunday Night Football
7:30 PM New England Patriots @ Arizona Cardinals
-I think this game is going to be a blowout victory for the New England Patriots. I don’t really know what it is about the Cardinals but I think they are very overrated. Also, I think Jimmy Garoppolo is eager to prove his worth in the NFL. I believe he is going to make a statement in week 1 that he is ready to dominate the NFL for years to come.
Final Score: 52-21
Monday Night Football
6:10 PM Pittsburgh Steelers @ Washington Redskins
-Kirk Cousins proved last season that he is a dominating figure at the quarterback position. The issue for me comes with the lack of weapons that the Redskins have. I think the presence of Antonio Brown alone will help the Steelers win this game. I do think that Cousins will make it a close game though.
Final Score: 31-23
9:20 PM Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
-The Rams are back in Los Angeles! Luckily for them they get the play the 49ers in their return to LA. The 49ers have a lot of issues besides Colin Kaepernicks national anthem stance. I think the Rams ride Todd Gurley’s bandwagon and he single-handedly beats the 49ers.
Final Score: 17-7
Sorry for the delay in posting this. These will be regular posts from here on out so expect two draft picks this week from Jeremy.
-WIDB/SPC Graduate Advisor