NFL Week 1: Final picks and predictions
By William Cochrane
The 2017 NFL season has at last arrived! Here are Week 1’s NFL picks for every game played on Sunday and Monday.
The first NFL Sunday is finally here, much to the rejoice of football fans all across the globe! With that being said, let’s get straight to this week’s 15 game slate. Which includes two games on Monday night.
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New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-8.5)
As this is a New York Jets page, we should begin this current week’s picks off with the Jets at the Bills. Both of these teams have scrapped their teams down and are in rebuilding mode. Surprisingly, the sportsbooks have the Bills enormous favorites in this game. The Jets have won their last two games against the Bills including last year’s 30-10 win.
Bilal Powell rushed for 122 yards, including one receiving touchdown in that one. The Jets defense shut down the Bills rushing attack, holding them to 68 yards on 26 carries. Look for that same type of game in this one.
Pick: New York 20 Buffalo 10
Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans (-3)
The Raiders are my pick to at long last stop the New England Patriots AFC title run. Oakland has added another new toy to their potent offense, Marshawn Lynch. But in this one, the former Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion will have a tough time finding running room against a dominant Titans run defense.
Look for quarterback Derek Carr to air it out against a vulnerable Tennessee pass defense.
Pick: Oakland 27, Tennesse 24
Arizona Cardinals (-2.5) at Detroit Lions
Detroit has lost their last seven games against Arizona. Look for that trend to continue as the Lions defense won’t have the capacity to stop the Cardinals powerful offensive assault.
Pick: Arizona 33, Detroit 23
Next: More 1 p.m games
Atlanta Falcons (-6) at Chicago Bears
Will the 2016 NFC Super Bowl representative Atlanta Falcons have the same unfortunate outcome as their Super Bowl opponent New England Patriots had in their season opener?
Negative, as the Chicago Bears are nowhere near as talented as the Chiefs.
Pick: Atlanta 28, Chicago 20
Pittsburgh Steelers (-9) at Cleveland Browns
Cleveland opens the season without their No. 1 overall pick. Edge rusher Myles Garrett, the first player to be taken in this year’s NFL draft, will, unfortunately, be out with an ankle injury. While the Steelers have the same ole wrecking crew of Big Ben, Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell.
Pittsburgh has won their past 12 of 14 games against the dog pound. They pound them once more.
Pick: Pittsburgh 31, Cleveland 17
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-5)
Texas pride is at stake here in this one. Hurricane Harvey caused a ton of havoc to the Lonestar State. The Jaguars, on the other hand, are not exactly as good as the Texans.
Houston should easily take care of business with their stout defense that will shut down and shut out a very weak Jaguars offense. Texan pride is alive and well.
Pick: Houston 20, Jacksonville 0
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (-3)
The Ravens have not won a game while playing on Cincy’s home turf since 2012 and have lost their last six of seven overall vs the Bengals. That streak will come to an end today as Baltimore had their very own streak. They went undefeated in preseason action while holding their opponents to only 32 points over four games.
Pick: Baltimore 21, Cincinnati 20
Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5) at Washington Redskins
The NFC East looks to be one of the league’s most competitive divisions. Washington has owned the Eagles since 2014, winning their last five games against the birds. The Eagles got active in the offseason by adding some potent wide receivers in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.
Fans, this will be a barn burner of a game, if you can tune in, watch it. I’ll take the Eagles new and improved offense to beat the Redskins in what will be a close one.
Pick: Philadelphia 41, Washington 38
Next: 4 p.m games, Sunday Night and Monday Night
Indianapolis Colts at L.A. Rams (-4.5)
No Andrew Luck for the Colts in this one. Look for the Rams to hand it off to Todd Gurley throughout the day and play ball control offense. Aaron Donald ended his holdout already, however, won’t suit up for this game.
Rams won’t need him in any case, as the Colts offense has no luck and no real weapons.
Pick: Los Angeles 17, Indianapolis 6
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers (-3)
Great game here, both teams are solid against the run. Seattle is great against the pass, on the other hand, Green Bay is still one of the worst team’s against the pass. Look for both quarterbacks to air it out in this one.
Aaron Rodgers has more weapons at his disposal. Russell Wilson, good luck!
Pick: Green Bay 24, Seatle 17
Carolina Panthers (-4.5) at San Francisco 49ers
Cam Newton, coming off a down year, is dealing with a shoulder injury. He is listed as questionable but will play. On the other side, the 49ers have Brian Hoyer as their quarterback. So we need to take a look at which team has the better rushing attack and run defense.
The edge goes to Carolina in both departments. The 49ers were the league’s worst against the run in 2016, surrendering 165 yards a game. The Panthers will easily rout the 49ers.
Pick: Carolina 30, San Francisco 13
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New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-4)
The Giants have won their past three games against Dallas. Odell Beckham (ankle) is listed as questionable and will be a game time decision.
It doesn’t appear as though he will suit up for this one. Cowboys were 7-1 at home last year. Take Dallas to win a close one.
Pick: Dallas 27, New York Giants 24
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (-3)
The Saints have won their last four games against the Vikings. Minnesota hasn’t had a consistent running game for the past few years. They drafted Dalvin Cook in the second round of this year’s draft and he will be the difference maker in Week 1.
Pick: Minnesota 27, New Orleans 20
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos (-3)
The Chargers have won the last four meetings against the Broncos, including two in Denver. Running back Melvin Gordon could have a field day against a Broncos rush defense that gave up 130 yards a game last year. The Chargers have too many weapons to pick against them.
Pick: Los Angeles 24, Denver 17