Week One Predictions

Aaron+Rodgers+Green+Bay+Packers+v+Seattle+PvnqfrpZu1AlThe first weekend of the regular season is finally upon us, as I usually write this time of year, week one is usually difficult to predict. With teams reluctant to show schemes in the preseason, you’re not sure what they’ll be coming out with to start the year. While football is obviously a nice distraction, also take the time to think of those who could or have been impacted by the storms in recent weeks. The players are human beings too,  and some of them with families in impacted areas are sure to be playing with heavy hearts this weekend. With that, here are my week one predictions, in what’s hopefully a fun slate of games.

Last season: 159-97

Last season against the spread: 127-129

Game of the weak: Bills vs Jets: Due to the unexpected result in the Patriots game last night, this is suddenly a game where the winner has sole possession of first in the AFC East. The question is if either team will want it. I’ve mentioned some NFL teams embracing NBA style roster management to position themselves for the future, and no two teams have done it quite like these squads. Unfortunately, someone will have to win this one and I feel more confident taking Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy than the Jets offense. Bills 23 Jets (+8.5) 16

Game of the week: Seahawks vs Packers: While the “NFC East National TV game of the week” of Giants/Cowboys is certainly intriguing, I’m going with a matchup that could be an NFC title game preview. While the Seahawks bring back old faces on defense, I’m interested to see how Russell Wilson (who was hurt most of 2016) looks against a Packers secondary who had its share of struggles and injuries last year. Aaron Rodgers against that feared Seahawks defense should be fun to watch as well, but the winner of this one could be determined by who establishes the run. Seahawks 24 Packers (-3.5) 27

Eagles 20 Redskins (+1.5) 24

Cardinals 26 Lions (+1.5) 23

Falcons 27 Bears (+7.5) 17

Raiders 24 Titans (-2.5) 28

Jaguars 13 Texans (-5.5) 21

Steelers 28 Browns (+8.5) 20

Ravens 17 Bengals (-3.5) 21

Colts 16 Rams (-3.5) 21

Panthers 24 49ers (+5.5) 21

Giants 23 Cowboys (-3.5) 20

Saints 21 Vikings (-3.5) 26

Chargers 20 Broncos (-3.5) 16

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