Week 1 NFL Picks
Our NFL Picks will be a weekly column, where our writers choose the winner of four games including one which will be an upset pick.
The Picks will be tracked and we will crown a champion at the end of the season. Writer’s Dan Schalk and James Kiblin will pick the games and battle it out this season.
Seattle over Green Bay 27-17
Seattle hosts the opening game of the NFL season as do all winners of the prior years Super Bowl. Qwest Field will surely be rocking with the 12th Man in full effect. I expect this game to be even early, but Russell Wilson will eventually find holes in the Packers secondary, and the Seattle defense will bend but not break on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense, as the Seahawks defend their home field 27-17.
Chicago over Buffalo 34- 14
The Buffalo Bills had a preseason to forget as their first string offense failed to score a single touchdown, however the Bills will struggle stopping Jay Cutler and the Bears high powered offense. I expect to see Cutler have a field day on the Bills secondary, making this game unbearable for Bills fans to watch after halftime. Bears win big 34-14.
Philadelphia over Jacksonville 24-21
I actually believe this game will be closer than most people think. Gus Bradley, the Jaguars head coach has put together a team that will work hard and never quit, but their talent is still lacking. Look for the Eagles offense to struggle early on in the game, but come out in the second half ready to take control. The Jaguars hang tough but lose a close one 24-21.
Upset Special of the Week:
Atlanta over New Orleans 31-27
Last year the Saints upset the favored Falcons in the first game of last season, now I expect Falcons to get their revenge. Look for Matt Ryan to look like the old “Matty Ice” throwing all over the field against the Saints defense, leading to multiple scores. The Falcons defense will do just enough to squeak out a win against their bitter division rivals 31-27.
Tampa Bay over Carolina 17- 10
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