2015 NFL Week One Picks: Two Star Quarterbacks Will Lose
By Cyrus Geller
Week one of the 2015 NFL season is finally upon us, so here are my picks for today’s, and tomorrow’s games.
Packers 31 Bears 20
This won’t be as big of a blowout as some anticipate, but even without Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers is going to have a field day against that defense.
Texans 20 Chiefs 17
If you like physical defenses locked in a low-scoring slugfest, you better tune into this game. I can’t wait to see how that Houston front seven looks like in game-action, and they are the reason why I’m going with the home team.
Browns 23 Jets 21
Man, this is going to be a bad game. I’ll go with Cleveland because I bet they mess up one fewer times than the Jets do…and also screw New York.
Bills 24 Colts 20
First big upset of the year in this one. The Bills’ front seven will get to Andrew Luck early and often, and Tyrod Taylor provides a few explosive plays to give Buffalo a huge early season win.
Dolphins 31 Redskins 16
Washington is probably the worst team in football, and while I don’t believe the Dolphins are good enough to overtake the Patriots in the AFC East, they are a talented football team.
Panthers 27 Jaguars 16
The Jaguars are slowly building, but they are nowhere near the Panthers in terms of talent right now. Even though Carolina suffered a lot of key injuries in the preseason, they will roll to an opening win.
Seahawks 21 Rams 20
I really want to pick St. Louis to win this game, and it would not surprise me one bit to see them pull it off. But I’m going to roll with the defending NFC champs in a close matchup.
Cardinals 30 Saints 27
Expect a lot of passing in this game, as the Cardinals and Saints both love to sling it. I’m giving the edge to Arizona simply because they have the better defense, and I think they will come up with one big stop late.
Chargers 27 Lions 20
I picked San Diego to win the AFC West because they are a well-balanced team, and led by an underrated quarterback. As long as they can kind of contain Calvin Johnson, they will win.
Titans 23 Buccaneers 17
It will be fun to watch Mariota and Winston go at it for the first time in their young careers, but at the same time, both of these teams are a work in progress. It could be ugly.
Bengals 24 Raiders 16
I absolutely love this Raiders team, as I think they are much closer to contending than people realize. They will give Cincy all they can handle today, but ultimately the Bengals will pull it out.
Ravens 28 Broncos 27
This could be the game of the week, as we have two AFC contenders going at it in the mile-high city. I actually think Denver will miss the playoffs this year, and I believe they will lose this game because of issues that will plague them later in the season: poor offensive line play, and mediocre safeties, linebackers, and defensive tackles.
Cowboys 34 Giants 28
Both of these teams have major defensive issues, so this will definitely be a shootout. In games like this, I’m always going with the better quarterback, and in this one, that is easily Tony Romo.
Eagles 31 Falcons 23
Wait, no Tebow Time? Oh well, this should still be a good one. Atlanta’s poor offensive line does them in late.
Vikings 24 Niners 20
Adrian Peterson is going to take his frustration out on the Niners on Monday night, going off for 150+ yards, and three touchdowns. An underrated Minnesota team gets a nice opening victory.