NFL WEEK ONE PREDICTIONS
September 4, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
NFL WEEK ONE: PREDICTIONS
DALLAS @ NEW YORK GIANTS: The Giants beat Dallas both times in 2011. The result will be the same Wednesday night. Dallas’ defense won’t be able to slow down Eli Manning in this showcase game.
NEW YORK 32 DALLAS 23
INDIANAPOLIS @ CHICAGO: The Colts won’t be ready for the healthy Bears. The Bears defense will come after Rookie QB Andrew Luck and his Luck will run out.
CHICAGO 27 INDIANAPOLIS 14
PHILADELPHIA @ CLEVELAND: This one is a no brainer. The Browns will start a rookie QB and he won’t be ready for that Eagles defense.
PHILADELPHIA 34 CLEVELAND 10
NEW ENGLAND @ TENNESSEE
The Patriots will show their defense is back after an off season. The Titans came close to being a playoff team last season but it won’t be enough against the much more talented Patriots
NEW ENGLAND 27 TENNESSEE 13
ATLANTA @ KANSAS CITY
Atlanta made changes in the off season. Question is, was it enough? Kansas City won’t be an easy opener for the Falcons. The Chiefs will be much better than last season. But for whatever reason, KC struggled at home in 2011.
ATLANTA 23 KANSAS CITY 21
JACKSONVILLE @ MINNESOTA
The Jags got their best player back after a long holdout. Will it be enough? Not likely. Even with Jones-Drew back, the Vikings defense is too good against a Jacksonville team that averaged only 259 yards per game in 2011.
MINNESOTA 27 JACKSONVILLE 13
WASHINGTON @ NEW ORLEANS
RGIII gets his first look at a regular season defense. The Saints will show everyone if they are in turmoil or if they have their act together. RGIII will make Washington better, but not against the Saints in New Orleans. Too much Drew Brees!
NEW ORLEANS 38 WASHINGTON 21
BUFFALO @ NEW YORK JETS
The Bills defense will be much better with Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. The Jets offense was awful in the pre-season. I don’t see the Jets getting much better despite it being the regular season.
BUFFALO 28 NY JETS 20
ST. LOUIS @ DETROIT
The Rams are as bad as an NFL team can get. It will talk Coach Fisher a couple of seasons to get it turned around. It won’t happen against Detroit Sunday. The Lions defense will be better and the offense will put up some big points against this Rams defense
DETROIT 40 ST. LOUIS 10
MIAMI @ HOUSTON
The Dolphins will start a rookie QB. That’s bad news because Miami’s offense is bad no matter who is under center. Not a great way to start a career by going to Houston to face Arian Foster and that offense.
HOUSTON 34 MIAMI 7
SAN FRANCISCO @ GREEN BAY
Talk about a great opener for NFL fans. Both have reason to believe they will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. This is an early statement game. Packers are too good at home this early in the season and emotions will run high.
GREEN BAY 23 SAN FRANCISCO 21
SEATTLE @ ARIZONA
Seattle will start a rookie at QB. Arizona doesn’t have a starter, that’s a big problem. Seattle will win on the road and give Pete Carroll a great start to 2012.
SEATTLE 20 ARIZONA 14
CAROLINA @ TAMPA BAY
Tampa Bay is still rebuilding and they have too many questions against Carolina QB Cam Newton.
CAROLINA 27 TAMPA BAY 10
PITTSBURGH @ DENVER
This is the debut of Denver QB Peyton Manning. The problem is he is facing one of the best defenses in the NFL. I’ll take the Steelers in this early season matchup of playoff potential teams.
PITTSBURGH 24 DENVER 20
CINCINNATI @ BALTIMORE
Great early AFC North matchup. The Bengals are on the rise, the Ravens are starting to age on defense. There are still some doubts about the Ravens offense. The Ravens defense is still very good!
BALTIMORE 20 CINCINNATI 17
SAN DIEGO @ OAKLAND
The Chargers and Raiders both have a lot to prove. Both missed the playoffs last season in a weak AFC West. This is another early season statement game and both want to get a division win. Raiders will struggle!
SAN DIEGO 35 OAKLAND 21