Thursday, September 10, 8:30 ET
Steelers @ Patriots
The NFL gave Bill Belichick way to long to scheme to win this game without his star quarterback. Now that Brady is back, and the Steelers are without Le’Veon Bell. I don’t expect anything less than a massacre.
Sunday, September 13, 1:00
Packers @ Bears
This one is at Soldier Field, but the Packers definitely have had the Bears number last year. With people already questioning his team in the preseason, expect Aaron Rodgers to make this a statement game.
Chiefs @ Texans
With a healthy Arian Foster, these two teams would almost seem to mirror each other. Without him, the Texans have a decent advantage on “D”, but the Chiefs offense is just too complete for Houston to keep up.
Browns @ Jets
Call me crazy but I think Ryan Fitzpatrick is the perfect fit for the Jets offense. Before they named him the starter I would have given the edge to the Browns. They have some decent pieces falling into place, and should get better as the year goes on. With home field advantage, and a devastating defense, I have to give the edge to the Jets.
Colts @ Bills
These two teams are coming into the regular season with very high expectations. Indianapolis is building what appears on paper, as one of the best offenses in the league, and Buffalo has already establish a rock solid defense. The Bills offense is still a bit sporadic with multiple new players, but I believe they will come together quickly against a defense that tended to resemble a sieve during different points of last season.
Dolphins @ Redskins
The Dolphins come into the season as one of the up and coming teams in the league. The Skins are currently skidding, and could do a huge favor for their city and fans by pulling out the upset here. However, its hard for me to picture anything but a blowout by the Phins, with rising star Ryan Tannehil continuing to make his mark on the league.
Panthers @ Jaguars
If Julius Thomas was healthy, I would have a hard time picking against the Jags upstart offense at home. The Panthers struggled to win seven games last year in the weakest division in the league. After losing, Kelvin Benjamin, arguably their best offensive threat for the season, they will probably struggle again. However I see them pulling out a close one in this one.
Seahawks @ Rams
All signs point a defensive struggle in this one. Although, I see the Seahawks, who have managed to put together one of the most solid teams in the NFL,coming on strong and taking this one with ease.
Saints @ Cardinals
If you are looking for an intriguing upset pick, this might just be it, since not even the Saints seem to know what they are going to do on offense, and could catch the Cardinals by surprise. For me,I will take the Cardinals with a healthy Carson Palmer at home, all daylong.
Lions @ Chargers
The Lions seem to always start the season way better than they finish. So even though they are playing away, and on grass, against a Chargers team that I see having a fairly decent season, I see Detroit dismantling San Diego in this one.
Buccaneers @ Titans
I’m not sure that many fans actually care about the outcome of this one,as much as we do about watching the top two picks from this year’s draft duke it out in the first game of each of their careers. I have a feeling its going to be a sloppy yet entertaining mess, and will give the edge to Jameis Winston and his massive targets in a barn burner.
Bengals @ Raiders
The only advantage I see for the Raiders in this one is home field. Besides that, I see the Bengals controlling this came in