Hey friends we are back again for another year of making picks for your enjoyment. The NFL offered up some really interesting matches for week 1 that have extra added drama due to players facing their former teams. I’ll start with those juicy match ups first.
Browns vs Panthers – Baker Mayfield and the Panthers host Baker’s old team in Carolina. Baker has an axe to grind in this one. I think the Panthers will take advantage of Deshaun Watson’s absence and squeak out a win. (Panthers for the win)
Broncos vs Seahawks -Russell Wilson and his Broncos travel to see the 12th man in Seattle to face a rebuilding Seahawks. Russ should get the win as the Seahawks are still looking for their quarterback of the future. (Broncos get the Russell Wilson era off to winning start)
Jaguars vs Commanders – Doug Pederson comes back to Coaching after being fired from Philadelphia a couple seasons ago, to face his former quarterback, Carson Wentz. The Commanders have the better roster right now and they should beat a Jaguars team that is still rebuilding. (Commanders for the win)
Marquis Matchups to watch
Bills vs Rams – I believe this is the year the Bills finally break through and get to a Super Bowl. (Buffalo Bills for the win on Thursday Night Football and beat the returning champs)
Buccaneers vs Cowboys – Sunday night football in Dallas. Brady vs the Boys. Both teams lost key players since their last meeting, and Tampa changed coaches as well. Tampa edged the Boys last season; I’ll give the Cowboys begrudgingly the edge this year. (The Boys for the win, it hurt to type this)
Chiefs vs Cardinals – Two playoff teams and two must watch quarterbacks, in Kyler Murray and Pat Mahomes. Patrick Mahomes looked in mid-season form in the preseason after a rocky year in 2021, I expect him to bounce back strong including a win in the opener. (Chiefs get this opening week W)
Raiders vs Chargers –. I’ll give the edge to Josh McDaniel’s in the Coaching department as well as high octane new weapon Devante Adams at receiver. Raiders will also have a home field advantage playing in LA where tons of Raiders fans still reside. (Raider Nation goes home happy, Vegas wins!)
And for the rest of the slate.
Saints vs Falcons – Falcons are rebuilding. Jameis will and the boys will go marching in with the Win.
49ers vs Bears – There’s a chance Trey Lance might stink, but Shanahan knows how to carry weak QBs 49ers strike gold and beat the Bears
Packers vs Vikings – Aaron Rodgers and his man bun will find a way to get the win. But expect the Vikings offense to put up numbers with their new HC and offensive guru Kevin O’Connell. Take the Over! But Go Pack Go with the W.
Ravens vs Jets- Two words, Lamar Jackson. Ravens win.
Steelers vs Bengals – Burrow beats the Steelers (Bengals wins)
Dolphins vs Patriots – The AFC East guard is changing, that change continues with the Fins beating the Pats (Dolphins win)
Eagles vs Lions – Upset alert try hard Lions beat the Eagles. (Lions win)
Colts vs Texans – Ain’t nobody care… But I’ll give it to the Colts.
Giants vs Titans – Titans win over the rebuilding Giants.
That’s week one’s picks. Enjoy the games everyone. This should be a fun NFL season as always.