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.

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Dan’s Picks

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.

Jim’s Picks

Tampa Bay over Carolina 17- 10

New coach Lovie Smith will get as much out of his young, up and coming team as he can.  Carolina will be playing Cam Newton when he is clearly not 100%. One shot to the ribs and Tampa could be playing the rest of the game against his backup Derek Anderson, and that would not end well.
Cincinnati over  Baltimore 21-14
Andy Dalton always shows up in the regular season, especially with the massive contract he just signed this off-season. Look for him to come out spreading the wealth and putting points up on the board. Baltimore will be playing without Ray Rice, so don’t expect to see ” hey diddle diddle Ray Rice up the middle”.  It could end closer than the projected score, but I just feel at this point the Bengals are a more prepared squad.
Detroit over NY Giants  24-10
Eli looks like the same Eli, the offense looks outdated and can’t stay in sync under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.  The Lions have too many offensive weapons, and they have said they want to make this a statement game, on Monday Night Football.  This could possibly end in more of a lopsided score than expected.
Upset special of the week !
Colts over Broncos 38-31
I believe this will  be a shootout and will come down to whoever has the ball last. The Colts are returning some key pieces that were injured last year, but are familiar with the playbook.  The Broncos are trying to incorporate new faces and make sure everyone is on the same page. I do not think Colts will stop Peyton, but don’t be surprised if some of the new wide receivers look out of sync with Manning, and that will give the Colts an opportunity to win.
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