The revamped Raiders offense gets a chance to shin early, as they are the primetime kickoff game on Thursday. However it will be tested early against the defending champions. This one should be close through out. However, the Patriots will pull it out in the end.
The Texans are improved, while the Bills are hoping to make the step into the realm of playoff contenders. An early test for both teams the Texans with a tough road game and the Bills young QB J.P. Losman in the end it will be incomplete on both ends as the Texans stay close, but the Bills win by a Field Goal.
The tough road begins for the Saints where they face a tough Panthers team that could be ready for a Super Bowl run. Look for the Saints to have a tough time crossing midfield as the Panthers hut them down all day, winning the game easily, by 20 points or more.
Last year when these two teams met they combined for 106 points. Look for the Bengals to have another big day running up and down the field on the Browns, but look for the Browns to have trouble getting any where near their point output as the Bengals defense is improved, while they are in a total rebuilding mode.
The Seahawks the NFL’s let down of the week, week after week year after year start the season in a hole losing on the road to the Jaguars whose tough defense will pound the Seahawks into submission as QB Matt Hasslebeck continues t be frustrated by a WR core that cant catch a cold.
The Jets are a well-disciplined team that has potential to make allot of noise. Playing in Kansas City will be an early test for them. However, they can pass it as the Chiefs will have trouble stopping Curtis Martin who will have a big day, while the Jets run defense will be able to contain Priest Holmes for the upset.
The Dolphins have a knack for playing well on opening day, this year will be no different as they harass and frustration Broncos QB all day forcing several mistakes which will keep them in the game and allow them to pull off the upset.
A tough place to start for the Buccaneers, but an opportunity to show they are back on course and ready to contend for the playoffs again. Look for a strong debut by Cadillac Williams against the Vikings porous defense, as the Bucs keep it close all game and nearly pull off an upset.
Elimination Pick of the week, this is the no brainer of the week the Titans are a team worn by age and the salary cap while the Steelers are a Super Bowl contender. Look for it to be over early as the Steelers get off to a strong start and win going away.
The Bears are entering the game with a rookie Quarterback. However they are not in as bad of shape as it seems, Kyle Orton is the QB of the future, and by the end of the year it will be clear the future is now. The road will be tough early but he will but up a good showing as the Bears put a scare into the Redskins, and get the cover.
Expect the fireworks to fly as two teams with good offenses and weak defenses meat in a divisional show down. Expect a big game from Lions QB Joe Harrington who knows he has much to prove, with the weapons at his disposal, as Brett Favre keeps the Packers in the game all the way.
Last year Kurt Warner was the opening day starter of the Giants while tutoring Eli Manning. Manning would eventually take over before the season, was over. However Warner still has a lesson or two for the kid as the Cardinals come in to the Meadowlands and stun the Giants to get the Warner era in Arizona off to a good start.
Look for the Cowboys defense to keep this close as the Chargers will miss Antonio Gate. However in the end Cowboys QB Drew Beledose will make a mistake and Chargers RB LaDanlian Tomlinson will make the big play as the Chargers start the season off with a solid win.
There would be no better way for the 49ers to show they won’t be as big of pushovers then by pulling an upset in week 1, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen. The Rams are not that good to begin with and have a habit of playing down to their opponent as the 49ers keep it close and win by a field goal.
You can stop the Colts you can only hope to contain them, and that will be showcased right away as Peyton Manning makes the solid Ravens defense look ordinary by throwing the ball down the field all day and getting the Colts off to a fast start.
A rematch of the NFC Championship game, and a match up of he two teams to bet in the NFC will be the showcase game of the week as the game will go back and forth. However look for the Flacons to emerge at the head of the flock as they have the home field advantage.