The Cowboys D is still going to be bad, and they still have the worst coach in professional football on the sideline. Throw in the fact that we still don’t know how Dak’s shoulder is, and it looks bad for the ‘Boys. But at least it’s no one to worry about on the other side. Just Brady’s Super Bowl champ Bucs, re-loaded and healthy. If Dak is hurt, Dallas loses big. If Dak isn’t hurt, Dallas loses big.
Tampa Bay 41 Dallas 21
Joe Burrows was amazing in 2020. Not everybody outside of Cincy knows that. We all see the his highlights, but this kid is just a born QB. He’s still going to be running for his life, but at home against a very average team…. The Bengals pull the upset.
Cincinnati 31 Minnesota 27
There won’t be a long undefeated streak to mask Old Big Ben’s shortcomings this year. Allen will have his issues with the Steelers pass rush, but not enough to matter. Najeh Harris will need a huge game for this to even be close. He won’t and it won’t.
Bills 31 Steelers 16
The Colts are the same thing they were in 2020… “Man, what a great team. Imagine if they had a QB”. They thought Grandp RIvers was that last piece in 2020. He wasn’t. Now they think Wentz is. He isn’t. And the Seahawks… all they do is put up dpuble digit wins every year. Here’s #1 for this year.
Seattle 27 Indianapolis 24
With New Orleans being battered by the Hurricane, there’s a good chance this game gets moved. Playing in Dallas has been mentioned. This is one of those unfortunate weeks that are overshadowed by tragedy. But it looks like they will play the game, albeit not in New Orleans. I wouldn’t have picked the Saints before, but with all this… if they do play it’s hard to see them winning.
Green Bay 38 New Orleans 21
Carolina 31 New York Jets 10
I’ve been calling 0-17 for the Texans since our preview, and while opening with the Jags puts my theory to the test early, I stand with it. It’s going to be an ugly game, and Watson will have a great fantasy day. But Meyer will have some surprises, and the Trevor Lawrence era will start with a mild grunt.
Jacksonville 20 Houston 17
The Fakcons are a shell of what they once were. With all of the fuss over so many of the amazing young QBs out there, people have forgotten how good Jalen Hurts is. It will be close, and there will be some points here. But that Falcons D is more often than not going to be more than Matt Ryan can overcome.
Philadelphia 31 Atlanta 28
I’m not buying Tua yet, but here’s something I’m even less sold on: A rookie Qb going against the ‘Phins D. I’m even less sold on the Pats. Can’t stand Brady… wish he’d take his 14 rings and go the h@ll home…. go do WWE with Gronk or some d@mn thing… but I think the answer to whether he or Belichick was more responsible for the Pats success was answered pretty clearly last year.
Miami 27 New England 20
The Nameless Ones chose to solve their QB issue with… another old man. Wouldn’t bet on Washington scoring much.
LA Chargers 24 Washington 17
I think the impact of Julio is going to be out front for the world to see week one. Against the Cardinals secondary he’s going to have a field day. And the lanes that’s going to open up for Henry? I’m sure defenses will figure it out as the year goes on, but it won’t be the Arizona D that does it. It will be fun for a while but the Titans pull away in the end.
Tennessee 38 Arizona 28
Cleveland is exactly the kind of team that’s built to beat the Chiefs. Best line in the game. 2 headed monster at RB. Can ball control you to death, and score while doing it. But… Baker vs. Mahomes.
Kansas City 31 Cleveland 28
The Giants have a healthy Saquon Barkley, at least this week. Game one, at home, the pressure will be off of Daniel Jones to do it himself… it sounds good. But in comes the mystery. Teddy B. The guy has always been successful. Doesn’t make a lot of bad mistakes. Good numbers. Yet no one wants to keep the guy. But this year… great D has his back, good skill players (No McC, but enough)… not saying the Broncos are a threat, but they may sneak up on some teams. Like the Giants.
Denver 27 New York Giants 24
First… Matt Nagy may not see the end of 2021 on the sideline, but if he did nothing else he saved Justin Fields’ life. Because if the Bears would have started Mr. Fields… the guy who didn’t think the NFL game was that much faster at all… the Rams might have retired the kid. On the other side, Matthew Stafford is all ready in the blue and yellow to play with all of his new toys. The Bears D ain’t what it used to be…. Stafford will put on a show.
LA Rams 42 Chicago 13
The Lions will find that life after Stafford isn’t much different. They’re still going to lose a lot. Only now… they won’t even be competitive. The ‘Niners will be looking to step out now that they’re back, remind folks who they are. This one has the feel of a college football warm-up game for San Francisco.
San Francisco 42 Detroit 13
New City, new stadium… should be a party. At least until kickoff. Losing JK hurt the Ravens, but the Raiders D isn’t really good enough to take advantage of it. Lamar has some new toys, and he’s going to try them out early. Raiders fall behind, stop feeding the ball to Jacobs, Carr puts up surprisingly good numbers despite the Raiders getting b@tch slapped. Get used to it, Raiders fans.
Baltimore 34 Las Vegas 23
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