NFL Week One: Tony's picks
Published: Sep 06, 2013
NFL WEEK ONE
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
Most are expecting an exciting opening day, but I am not. The Ravens have lost their minds by letting go of some key pieces after winning a Super Bowl. Their turbulent season will start with this game against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are my pick to go to the Super Bowl. I think they are ready to take the AFC this year. Their dominance will start tonight on a weakened Ravens team. Broncos win big!
Broncos 31, Ravens 13
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
I don't think the Bills will be horrible. The Bills will be competitive against top 10 teams this season. However, this will be another year when Tom Brady makes superstars out of "average Joes". The Patriots will be strong again, and I expect them to win on the road in a close one in Buffalo on Sunday.
Patriots 24, Bills 20
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
The Seahawks will build their railroad to the Super Bowl, and it starts here! Expect for Russell Wilson to have the same steady hands to lead this improved offense to the big game. Not only will their offense be potent, but their defense will be stellar. I believe Cam Newton matures this season and takes his game to another level, but this is a horrible opening day match-up for Cam and the Panthers. This will hurt a little for the Panthers.
Seahawks 28, Panthers 12
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
The Bears and the Bengals will both have super seasons this year. With a new head coach, I think the Bears will have to get adjusted to a new offensive scheme and a new defensive mentality. The Bengals are my prediction to win the AFC North this year, and they will make a statement in their first game on the road on Sunday.
Bengals 23, Bears 22
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
The Dolphins are definitely improved in some positions. One of the positions they have not improved in is the running back position. It will be hard on second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill to lead this team with no proven backfield performer. The same goes for the second-year quarterback for the Browns, Brandon Weeden. Both teams will look good this season, but the Dolphins will look a little better than the Browns on Sunday.
Dolphins 27, Browns 17
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
The Vikings and the Lions will battle it out for a wildcard spot in the NFC. This will be an amazing game to watch. Adrian Peterson will return to MVP form and Calvin Johnson will be that receiving machine on the field. This will just be one of the many exciting games to watch on Sunday. The Lions will take this one at home. Reggie Bush will stretch the field and make it easier for Calvin Johnson to get open.
Lions 23, Vikings 19
Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
The Raiders are possibly the worst team in the NFL on paper. I think this will show on the field. With issues at almost every key position I can think of, the Raiders will have a nightmare of a season. It all starts on Sunday. There will be no sophomore slump for Andrew Luck this season.
Colts 27, Raiders 6
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
The Jaguars is another team that will have a painful season. Issues at quarterback will hurt them. The Chiefs will have an improved team that will be ready to compete with heavy hitters. With Alex Smith under center, I expect for him to be aggressive to redeem himself after last season's betrayal.
Chiefs 24, Jaguars 15
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Round one of two between the Saints and Falcons starts on Sunday. With Sean Peyton back calling the shots, I think the Saints will strike first. It will be an emotional home-coming for Head Coach Peyton and this game will be the one to signify putting all of the drama and controversy behind them. The Falcons will be a strong team and possibly a division winner this season, but the Saints and their fans will be too much for the Falcons on Sunday.
Saints 28, Falcons 24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
The Buccaneers is a rising, disciplined, talented squad. With Darrelle Revis joining the mix in the secondary, their defense will be tough to beat. Although Revis was unsure if he would play on Opening Day, I don't think he will miss the opportunity to play against his former team in New York. What a way for Geno Smith to be welcomed into the NFL. Get ready for a long day Geno!
Buccaneers 23, Jets 13
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Chris Johnson will need to return to 'CJ2K' form in order to turn around this Titans franchise around. The Steelers will have a rough season, but this is the perfect first game to warm them up to the hard knocks of the league. Ben Roethlisberger will take a lot of hits, but he is effective under pressure. If he can limit is hits and stay healthy, the Steelers will be competitive in the AFC North. Steelers will win a tight one in the ‘Steel City’ on Sunday.
Steelers 17, Titans 16
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, 4:25 p.m.
This will be a divisional battle to watch. The Rams or Cardinals can be dangerous this year and competitive. To see them against each other will be a great measuring stick of how they have progressed in the offseason. In games like these, I have the home team. The Rams will win in the last two minutes.
Rams 29, Cardinals 27
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
Sunday afternoon marks the beginning of the end for the 49ers. Just like the “wildcat”, the league has had time to study the “read-option” and make adjustments to stop it. Colin Kaepernick will be forced to be a pocket passer in this game, and this will cause at least two turnovers on his behalf. The Packers won't be great, but I think they will be ready to go into San Francisco and take out the NFC Champions on Sunday. Niners’ fans, say goodbye to the “read-option”. You may want Alex Smith back after eight games this season.
Packers 27, 49ers 26
N.Y. Giants at Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.
Opening day games in the new Cowboys stadium normally don't go so well, especially against the Giants. This is a perfect time for the Cowboys to get it together under a new offensive coordinator, and make a statement. I think the Cowboys do just that on Sunday.
Cowboys 28, Giants 20
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins, 7:10 p.m.
The Eagles have Chip Kelly calling the shots now, and I think Michael Vick will be comfortable under his system and schemes. The Eagles will be an improved team, but they will fall short in their tough division. Even though the “read-option” will be put to rest this season, Robert Griffin III is a great pocket passer. I think RG3 is ready to show the world that he can be better than he was before the injury. Redskins win with an inspiring performance by RG3.
Redskins 35, Eagles 34
Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers, 10:20 p.m.
The Chargers and the Texans are two teams heading in the opposite directions. Even on the road, this will be an easy win for the talented Texans.
Texans 31, Chargers 15