By Zach Felder
Atlanta Falcons over Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 23-14
There is a lot of speculation that Jameis Winston will start the season hot, and the Bucs will become possible contenders in the NFC South. However, I believe that is not the case even with the success of first round pick Vernon Hargreaves who caught more passes (2) than he allowed (1) all throughout the preseason. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be tested from Dan Quinn’s second year Atlanta Falcons that will have a drastically improved running game with all pro center Alex Mack. I don't think there is someone on earth who can guard Julio Jones in their first game of their career in the NFL.
Baltimore Ravens over Buffalo Bills: 28-10
With the amount of Injuries and suspensions that the Buffalo Bills have had this offseason, the Bills have lost the offseason and preseason. The team is already hurting at multiple positions, and it isn't even the end of week one. As Talented pro bowl quarterback, Tyrod Taylor is, a finally healthy Baltimore team makes winning in Baltimore even harder. I expect Justin Forsett to have close to a 100-yard game and Joe Flacco to return to his super bowl form and throw two touchdowns for 285 yards.
Houston Texans over Chicago Bears: 30-7
Brock Osweiler started his first career game as a Bronco in 2015 against the Bears, and will repeat that with the Houston Texans, this time, more appreciated and with a higher pay grade. The Texans have a better roster than the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears defense was upgraded with the acquisitions of Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan for their interior linebackers, but that is not enough. There are too many holes for a drastic improvement. The Texans defense will demolish the Chicago offensive line as long as, JJ Watt returns to 75% of his former self-week one. Expect Deandre Hopkins to have nearly 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas City Chiefs over San Diego Chargers: 24-7
Kansas City right now is a complete team compared to the Chargers. As talented as Phillip Rivers is on offense, they are not in place to take the AFC West from the talented Broncos and Raiders. Even with the addition of Travis Benjamin, the Chargers will not have success. For the Chiefs victory, Spencer Ware, Chadrick West, Travis Kelce, and Justin Houston will all play a significant factor in tomorrow's game. Kansas City’s offense and defense will dominate on the ground, and the Chiefs will come home 1-0.
Oakland Raiders Over New Orleans Saints: 40- 17
Derek Carr is going to change the landscape of the NFL this year; I believe that he will truly breakout this year. That’s not good for a post-Rob Ryan defense that is not ready for the talented Oakland Raiders. The Saints are years behind being a possible contender and only are hanging on by a thread from future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. The Oakland Raiders defense stops the Saints from scoring while Derek Carr throws for 400 yards and has three touchdowns.
Cincinatti Bengals over New York Jets: 17-14
The Bengals will win this game if A.J. Green produces and in the last seconds of the game, a game-winning field goal will be kicked. The Front seven for the New York Jets will be a challenge for the Bengals’. With the loss of Muhammed Sanu and Marvin Jones to different teams via free agency. Andy Dalton will have to win by throwing the ball and doing so quickly. This will be a low scoring game and could be the most defensive game of week one. I expect Muhammed Wilkerson of the Jets to have one sack, and Andy Dalton to throw for 250 yards 2 touchdowns to 2 interceptions.
Philadelphia Eagles Over Cleveland Browns: 20-10
The resurgence of Robert Griffin III is about to commence, just not this week. The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense seems to be the real deal in the NFC East this year. Players like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham will wreck havoc on a Browns interior offensive line. hEven though Carson Wentz is starting his first NFL career game, I believe that the Eagles will prevail and win this game with ease. The Cleveland Browns have no real skill position players excluding rookie Corey Coleman from Baylor to help the offense move the chains. Most points will be scored in the first half by the Eagles.
Tenesesse Titans over Minnesota Vikings: 21-10
Shaun Hill is starting for the Minnesota Vikings; I have no faith in him leading the Vikings to a week one win. The Vikings do have one of the youngest defenses in the league as well as Adrian Peterson. Adrian Peterson is a monster and will “put the team on his back” and carry them to a 2-1 start until Sam Bradford learns the playbook. The Titans defense led by Dick Labeau will stop the offense overall, but Adrian Peterson will produce and run for the team's only touchdown. The Titans power run offense will wear down the Viking defense, and the Murray/Henry combo will rush for over 150 yards and two touchdowns while Marcus Mariotta has one touchdown in the air.
Seattle Seahawks over Miami Dolphins: 27-7
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks come into Miami with Christine Michael as their starting HB, Jimmy Graham healthy, and Kam Chancellor not holding out. Wilson and company will outplay the defensive line of Miami which includes recently acquired, Mario Williams. Wilson will be sacked a couple times, but expect the Seahawks to pull away with the win thanks to their defense led by Earl Thomas III, Richard Sherman, and Bobby Wagner. These defenders will prove too much for Ryan Tannehill to handle especially with injury prone Arian Foster and Jarvis Landry being shut down.
Dallas Cowboys over New York Giants: 30 24
Dak Prescott will become the successor to Tony Romo and will win at their biggest rivals home turf. With the help of Ezekiel Elliot, Dez Bryant, the great wall of Dallas, and Jason Witten expect Prescott being a potential rookie of the year candidate. The New York Giants have recently upgraded their defense by spending the GDP of Morocco on Oliver Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Damon “Snacks” Harrison. But this isn't enough to make their league-worst defense in 2015 to winning the NFC East.
Indianapolis Colts over Detroit Lions: 30-27
Andrew Luck is back, and the Colts finally drafted him offensive lineman to help him not die on the field! The Colts are favored to win the game since the Lions are a broken team without Calvin Johnson, and the defense of the Colts will prevail over Matt Stafford and company. The Lions defense is suspect minus Darius Slay, Deandre Levy, and Ezekiel Ansah. I believe that Chuck Pagano will scheme the right game to gain the upper hand in a gut-wrenching win against the Lions.
Arizona Cardinals over New England Patriots: 21-10
Carson Palmer will start out 1-0. The Cardinals defense has become one of the most talented defense in the league. Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, and company will command the New England offense and control the game. Jimmy Garoppolo in his first game as the starter for the Patriots will be without Gronkowski, Nate Solder, and Dion Lewis. As a Patriots fan, it will be a miracle in the desert if we win the game offensively. But never count out our defensive studs like Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, Jabal Sheard, Devin McCourty, and Malcolm Butler until the clock hits 0:00
Pittsburgh Steelers over Washington Redskins 40-32
The game will be in the hands of the defense, it will be a shoot up from the beginning. Kirk Cousins and Ben Rothlesberger both are top ten quarterbacks in the league right now. Both quarterbacks will play well and throw a maximum of two interceptions between them for a combined 800 yards and 8 touchdowns. Expect Josh Norman to have a bad game against the leagues best Antonio Brown.
Los Angeles Rams over San Francisco 49ers: 17-3
The most boring game is left for last. Blaine Gabbert versus Case Keenum, who's starting over first overall Jared Goff. The Los Angeles Rams have a boring offense minus Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin. While the 49ers have Carlos Hyde. Ex-week one warrior of 100+ yards against the Vikings last season. But that won't be a factor this year. Aaron Donald with his fellow members of that aggressive front seven will wreck havoc and help bring back the Jaguar’s version of Blaine Gabbert. Blaine Gabbert does not score but on one drive he makes it to within field goal range. Todd Gurley runs for 145 Yards and two touchdowns.