Week One Predictions

Demaryius Thomas, Darius ButlerWhile the first full weekend of NFL action is finally upon us, this is also the hardest one all year to predict. When picking games, going off past seasons and preseason performances can be a recipe for disaster. At this point, picks are usually based on predictions for teams going into the year. Due to this, picks usually become more accurate after the first quarter of the season is complete. By that time, the respective highs and lows of teams have been on display so there is a sense of knowing what direction teams are headed.

Last season: 159-97

Last season against the spread: 119-137

Game of the weak: Raiders vs Jets: This game has some interesting elements as not only is it Derek Carr’s first career start, but the Jets on paper seem like they could make a playoff push. With two young quarterbacks at the helm though, this game could get sloppy in a hurry. Raiders 17 Jets (-5.5) 24

Game of the week: Colts vs Broncos: Of all the games on the schedule this week, this is the only one that features two teams likely to make the playoffs. Outside of the whole Peyton Manning playing his old team storyline, there are a lot of other ones that should be watched here. How will the Colts defense look while Robert Mathis is serving his suspension? Will Montee Ball be able to bring even more than Knowshon Moreno brought to the Broncos offense? What will the new offseason additions contribute to the Broncos defense? On top of that, you have the Andrew Luck/Manning showdown. We don’t know how many of these we’re going to get, so sit back and enjoy. Colts 26 Broncos (-7.5) 34

Saints 30 Falcons(+3.5) 24

Bengals 20 Ravens (-1.5) 24

Bills 17 Bears (-7.5) 26

Redskins 16 Texans (-3.5) 21

Titans 17 Chiefs (-4.5) 21

Patriots 26 Dolphins (+5.5) 17

Jaguars 17 Eagles (-10.5) 31

Browns 14 Steelers (-6.5) 23

Vikings 21 Rams (-3.5) 17

49ers 27 Cowboys (+4.5) 23

Panthers 20 Buccaneers (-2.5) 16

Giants 17 Lions (-5.5) 28

Chargers 23 Cardinals (-3.5) 26







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