Week 1 predictions

September 4th, 2008 - 6:43 pm

Last Week: No picks.
This Week: 9-7
Overall: 0-0

Washington at NY Giants
The Giants are missing both starting defensive ends from their Super Bowl team, but having home field advantage should still help them take down the Redskins.
Prediction: NY Giants 17, Washington 14
Actual Score: NY Giants 16, Washington 7

Detroit at Atlanta
The Lions should take it to a rebuilding Falcons team, although nothing is certain with Detroit.
Prediction: Detroit 20, Atlanta 17
Actual Score: Atlanta 34, Detroit 21

Cincinnati at Baltimore
Joe Flacco looked scared in his first preseason action and I don’t think he’ll be ready to lead the Ravens to victory in Week 1.
Prediction: Cincinnati 24, Baltimore 14
Actual Score: Baltimore 17, Cincinnati 10

Seattle at Buffalo
Seattle hasn’t been full strength all preseason and I like the progress the Bills’ defense has made the past few years. I’m going with an upset for the Bills.
Prediction: Buffalo 17, Seattle 14
Actual Score: Buffalo 34, Seattle 10

NY Jets at Miami
Brett Favre against the man he replaced in New York: Chad Pennington. I say there’s a reason why the Jets made the switch as Favre’s Jets outplay the Dolphins.
Prediction: NY Jets 21, Miami 16
Actual Score: NY Jets 20, Miami 14

Kansas City at New England
For all intents and purposes, this is an extra preseason game for the Patriots. Tom Brady doesn’t even have to play in this one, but he will.
Prediction: New England 30, Kansas City 17
Actual Score: New England 17, Kansas City 10

Tampa Bay at New Orleans
After the hurricane tore through Louisiana, something tells me it’ll unite this Saints team. Not that they need to be united. This is a darn good team.
Prediction: New Orleans 24, Tampa Bay 17
Actual Score: New Orleans 24, Tampa Bay 20

St. Louis at Philadelphia
Philadelphia has been picked by some to go deep into the playoffs, possibly even winning the Super Bowl. I doubt it, but they’ll get off to a good start at home against a rebuilding Rams team.
Prediction: Philadelphia 30, St. Louis 17
Actual Score: Philadelphia 38, St. Louis 3

Houston at Pittsburgh
Houston may make some good strides this year toward being a respectable team, but it won’t start in the season opener on the road. Pittsburgh should handle them.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 28, Houston 14
Actual Score: Pittsburgh 38, Houston 17

Jacksonville at Tennessee
A solid opening game to watch, my NFL Ticket will be tuned in. I think the edge goes to the Jaguars.
Prediction: Jacksonville 17, Tennessee 14
Actual Score: Tennessee 17, Jacksonville 10

Dallas at Cleveland
The Browns impressed a lot of people last year. Not me, though. I need to see more before I jump on their bandwagon.
Prediction: Dallas 27, Cleveland 17
Actual Score: Dallas 28, Cleveland 10

Carolina at San Diego
Without Steve Smith, the Panthers will have a tougher time keeping up with the Chargers. I think San Diego wins at home easily.
Prediction: San Diego 28, Carolina 20
Actual Score: Carolina 26, San Diego 24

Arizona at San Francisco
Always a good — although not necessarily an exciting — matchup, I think the Niners will look good offensively, keeping ahead of the Cardinals.
Prediction: San Francisco 34, Arizona 31
Actual Score: Arizona 23, San Francisco 13

Chicago at Indianapolis
The Bears just can’t keep up with the Colts’ offense as Indianapolis wins in their new stadium opener.
Prediction: Indianapolis 24, Chicago 14
Actual Score: Chicago 29, Indianapolis 13

Minnesota at Green Bay
This one is tough to call. Both teams will be fighting it out for the division crown, but I can’t believe in Aaron Rodgers until I see him play more. Adrian Peterson has a big game here.
Prediction: Minnesota 24, Green Bay 21
Actual Score: Green Bay 24, Minnesota 19

Denver at Oakland
Oakland has a long ways to go and Denver should take them here.
Prediction: Denver 17, Oakland 14
Actual Score: Denver 41, Oakland 14