The Steelers begin defense of the Lombardi Trophy without Ben Rotehlisberger, while Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward is not 100%. The Dolphins enter the season as the trendy pick and a history of strong starts, and playing well in primetime. Look for a big day from Daunte Culpepper as the Dolphins spoil the Steelers banner raising party.
The key to stopping Falcons QB Michael Vick is to hit him hard, hit early and hit him often, soon he will become scared to run and the Falcons offense will come off the tracks. That’s exactly what will happen as the Panthers begin what they hope could be a march to Miami by blasting the rival Falcons at home.
The Reggie Bush era begins for the Saints, while the Kellen Winslow 2 era in Cleveland finally gets on track. Look for an impressive debut for the Saints, but look for K2 to catch the winning TD pass as the Browns win a close one at home.
Last year the Seahawks season ended with a disappointing loss in Super Bowl XL in Detroit, this year they begin where they started hoping to get back to the Super Bowl. Unlike the Super Bowl the Seahawks come home a winner from Detroit as Shaun Alexander shows early that there will be no Madden Jinx.
The Eagles begin the season with an easy win over the directionless Texans, look for a strong game from Donovan McNabb, who will be playing the entire season like a man possessed. Meanwhile Texans fans look out at the field at Ron Dayne being tackled for a loss and wish they had Reggie Bush, a scene that will be repeated over and over this year.
Last year as Coach of the Jets, Herm Edwards season got off to a disastrous start in Kansas City, now as Coach of the Chiefs, this year wont start any better as the Bengals come into Kansas City for a game of offensive fireworks. Look for Carson Palmer to have a big day, as the Bengals get the nice road upset.
The Patriots enter the season without their top receiver but get a break in Week 1 as the face the Buffalo Bills, a team they have become expert at hammering over the last few seasons. Look for another blowout as the hopeless Bills, season starts off on the wrong foot.
Two teams heading in opposite directions, the Broncos have championship aspirations, while the Rams have a long hill to climb as the Scott Linehan era begins. Look for the Broncos offense to have a big day, while their defense capitalizes on several turnovers to turn this game into a blow out.
Two teams who know how to win on defense. The key to this game will be who makes fewer mistakes and who can get the better offense. Look for the home standing Bucs to use the home field edge to win the game as Cadillac Williams runs amok and the Bucs get off to a 1-0 start.
Two teams coming off awful seasons, just hoping for a strong start this year. No matter who wins, neither team will be a factor in the playoff chase as the focus is on the future. The Titans should have the edge with the game at home, while the Jets are without RB Curtis Martin, as the newly acquired Kevan Barlow is just getting used to the playbook.
There’s no place like home for the Cardinals as they open their new stadium with a satisfying blow out win over the 49ers. Look for a big day from newly acquired RB Edgerrin James, and Kurt Warner, as fans in Arizona for once don’t feel like they are eliminated in September, while 49ers fans won’t be able to say the same thing.
The Bears are going to win the NFC North again; they are the only good team in their conference, while the Packers will have few moments to shine. However, one of those shining moments comes in Week 1, as Brett Favre leads the Packers down the field for a dramatic TD with less then 30 seconds left to beat the rival Bears.
The T.O. era in Dallas gets off to a inauspicious start as the Jaguars swarming defense pressures clay footed QB Drew Bledsoe all day, making finding the enigmatic WR nearly impossible. Don’t be shocked if the stalled Cowboys turn to back up Tony Romo late in the 4th Quarter as Bill Parcells begins to wonder if he can win with Bledsoe.
Just your average back yard battle of brothers with one brother leading the Colts and the other leading the Giants as a Nationwide Primetime audience tunes in to see the Manning’s backyard replaced by Giants Stadium. Just like the actually back yard battle big brother will teach little brother some new moves as the Colts gallop home a winner.
The Redskins were outscored 104-27 in the preseason, that’s not a misprint. Preseason or not 104-27 is troubling and spells disaster for the Redskins, as their season opener resembles the pathetic preseason, as they are stunned at home by the Vikings, who win the game by at least 2 Touchdowns.
Remember the days when it would have been unimaginable for the Chargers to be favored to win in Oakland? Al Davis does, and he wishes those days were here again. However reality comes like a slap of thunder, as the LaDainian Tomlinson runs up and down the field, with a near 200 yard game and 3 TDs as the Charger win big.