NFL Predictions Week One: New England Patriots Win A Tough One In Miami

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Oct 20, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback

Peyton Manning

(18) is hit by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker

Robert Mathis

(98) as tackle

Chris Clark

(75) attempts to block in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Broncos 39-33. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers 27 Buccaneers 23

Carolina had a terrific 2013 season, but their lack of secondary, and bad passing offense will do them in, here in 2014. Tampa Bay has put together a nice little squad over the course of the offseason, and they will give the Panthers all they can handle tomorrow. However I still don’t trust the Tampa’s quarterback situation enough to get it done against this insane Carolina front seven.

Niners 37 Cowboys 31

Aside from possibly Sunday night’s game in Denver, this contest will be the most exciting tilt from this week one slate. Dallas has an atrocious defense, and you better believe Colin Kaepernick will capitalize. San Francisco’s defense is also in a bit of disarray, which bodes well for those that own Tony Romo in their fantasy football leagues. At the end of the day, however, the Niners have enough on defense to get a few more stops than Dallas, and get the close win.

Broncos 38 Colts 34

Denver will definitely miss Wes Welker, but they were prepared, as they brought in Emmanuel Sanders this offseason to offset the loss of Eric Decker. Sanders has been impressing the rest of the NFL over the last few months, and he will do very well in Denver this year. Peyton Manning’s offense will be just as deadly as it was last year, and with the acquisitions of T.J. Ward, and Aqib Talib, they are much better equipped to handle Andrew Luck‘s offense. This one will be fun, and it will come down to the final possession of the game.

Lions 34 Giants 13

This is going to be a long year for Giants fans. Based on their preseason play (when the starters were in), Eli Manning‘s offense is going to be putrid over the next few months. And when you are faced with the task of outscoring Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, you need a good offense that can put up points in a hurry. Detroit wins in a blowout.

Chargers 20 Cardinals 19

I have always loved Phillip Rivers’ game, and while he will be going up against a very good defense, I believe he will do just enough to squeak out an opening win. Ryan Matthews must have a good game on the ground, however, as that is key to beating this Arizona defense.