Giants TE Jeremy Shockey will be a star, but the lack of a running game and an inexperienced offensive line will doom them against good defenses like the 49ers.
Drew Bledsoe shines in his season debut in front of the home fans of Buffalo, by leading a last minute drive that wins the game with a FG.
Last year the Eagles were road warriors winning 7 games on the road. Look for the Eagles to continue to fly high away from the concrete field of the Vet by beating the Titans.
The Redskins will win the game, but they will not win by 8 points, as Steve Spurrier finds out its harder to roll up the score in the NFL Regular Season.
Stinker of the Week: Two years removed from the Super Bowl the Ravens look like an expansion team, the Panthers have just named Rodney Peete their starting QB. A Beer League playing in the park is more entertaining.
Even playing away from their home in Champaign, Illinois the Bears will still be a contender, while the Vikings are just on the road to recovery.
Two teams hoping to make strides from the bottom this year, both will improve, but the home standing Bengals will have the edge in Week 1.
Even if QB Tim Couch plays he won’t be a 100% and if Couch is not healthy the Browns won’t beat anyone.
In a battle of star QB present in future look for Brett Favre to start the season off on a winning note, but look for Mike Vick to give the Falcons a backdoor cover with a late TD.
The Jaguars are in for a very long season, as the team begins the rebuilding process, by getting blown out by the Colts at home.
The Dolphins will feast on the Lions all day as Ricky Williams runs wild while the Dolphins defense smothers the young Lions.
Even the high-flying Rams will get winded in the high altitude of Denver, as the Broncos win an offensive shootout.
Last year Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander sliced the Raiders for over 200 yards. Not only will they not over, but they might also have a tough time winning.
The Gruden era in Tampa starts with a dominant win over the New Orleans Saints as the Bucs take control of the weak NFC South early.
Upset of the Week: With 5 recent All-Pros the Houston Texans are not your traditional expansion team. Beating the Cowboys in primetime will prove they belong n the NFL, and give them immediate bragging rights.
Game of the Week: The Pats return to reality as the Steelers get revenge for the AFC Championship Game by spoiling the Monday Night opener at Gillette Stadium.