NFL Week 1 Preview
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK – Thursday 8:30 pm ET PACKERS AT SEAHAWKS
The NFL tries to schedule a powerhouse matchup for the 2014 NFL Kickoff game, and this year is no different. Seattle is going to be rocking on Thursday night as the Super Bowl Champs kickoff the season with the Packers in a rematch of the 2012 “Fail Mary” game.
The Seahawks will get off to a fast start in this game as they play off adrenaline and excitement, but ultimately lose the game to our predicted winners of Super Bowl XLIX (2014 NFL Predictions). The Seahawks will find out how hard it is to maintain the level of play they had in 2013 when you get everyone’s best shot each week.
The Packers are going to be on a mission in 2014 as their leader and MVP candidate, Aaron Rodgers, returns for a full season after missing the home stretch in 2013.
Packers 28 Seahawks 24
Sunday 1:00PM ET
BENGALS AT RAVENS
Andy Dalton vs Joe Flacco is a matchup of overpaid QBs. The Bengals need to take advantage of this early season AFC North matchup that the Ravens will be without Ray Rice, while the Ravens are likely going to be testing out their deep vertical passing game with the Smith Bros. at WR, leaving their offense too one-dimensional.
Bengals 21 Ravens 17
BILLS AT BEARS
The Bears are ready to make the jump to become an elite team in the NFL while the Bills are just trying to get everyone on the same page. While the Bills defense adjusts to their 4-3 defense, Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett prove to be too much to handle.
Bears 31 Bills 20
REDSKINS AT TEXANS
The Texans find themselves in a situation where the Ryan Fitzpatrick leash has tightened dramatically right before the opening game with the trade for Ryan Mallett. It’s unlikely that Mallett sees and game action until a month into the season while he gets acclimated to the Texans, but Fitzpatrick is no longer the best option at the QB position.
RG3 has been itching for his chance to “prove all the doubters wrong”, but he’s going to be running for his life from the Texans pass rush of Jadeveon Clowney and JJ Watt.
UPSET SPECIAL: Texans 24 Redskins 21
TITANS AT CHIEFS
Alex Smith is fresh off of his new contract extension and the Chiefs will be looking to get off to a good start. They run into an underrated Titans team that will surprise people in 2014. The Chiefs squeak out a win in one of the better games of the week.
Chiefs 35 Titans 28
SAINTS AT FALCONS
The Saints are going to have their 2014 dominance on display early on this season as the Falcons offensive line tries to figure out how they are going to block people. Rob Ryan is going to have that defense throwing some blitzes at rookie LT Jake Matthews that he never saw at Texas A&M.
Saints 38 Falcons 24
PATRIOTS AT DOLPHINS
The Dolphins are going to surprise people this year, but not in week 1. Ryan Tannehill is going to elevate his game in 2014 and the Dolphins will be contending for a Wild Card spot, but Bill Belichick has been scheming for this game all offseason and Darrelle Revis should have Mike Wallace on lock-down all game.
Patriots 24 Dolphins 17
VIKINGS AT RAMS
The Rams spent all of training camp with Sam Bradford as the leader of this football team, only to have Shaun Hill replace him once he tore his ACL in the 3rd week of preseason. Luckily for the Rams, Matt Cassel is starting for the Vikings. The Rams defense will be able to key on Adrian Peterson and force Cassel to try and beat them. Adrian Peterson and Cordarelle Patterson will need to have a huge days for the Vikings to overcome the Rams defense.
Rams 17 Vikings 14
BROWNS AT STEELERS
The Browns defense will keep them in this game, but the Steelers youth movement on defense prevails and makes Brian Hoyer look silly.
Steelers 20 Browns 17
RAIDERS AT JETS
The Raiders offense might be one of the worst in the league, while the Jets paid a lot of attention to improving their playmakers this offseason. Geno Smith needs to get off to a fast start to keep Mike Vick from breathing down his neck.
Jets 27 Raiders 13
JAGUARS AT EAGLES
The Eagles offense better be ready for Gus Bradley’s defense because they are not the same old Jaguars. Sadly for Jaguars fans, they will have to watch this new look defense negated by the play of Chad Henne until the coaching staff comes to their senses and start Blake Bortles.
Eagles 24 Jaguars 14
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