Sunday, September 9, 2012

NFL Week One Pigskin Predictions

Here's what I got shaking out for the season's first slate of games ... Enjoy the football, everyone :D

GIANTS over boys
The Cowboys made upgrades in its secondary (acquiring LSU CB Morris Claiborne with its No. 1 draft pick and free agent Brandon Carr). But the Giants counter with Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, a pair of dynamic WRs (Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks) and a stout all-around defense.

Prediction: GIANTS 24, boys 17 [RESULT: boys 24, GIANTS 17]

VIKINGS over jags
To play or not to play? If Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew had it their way, they’d both tote the rock 30 times today. According to reports, MJD will get limited touches and AP will be a game-time decision. Both teams’ coaches will err on the side of caution, while allowing their star RBs a handful of carries each. This game will be tight, with Minnesota’s bruising, cruising WR/KR Percy Harvin proving to be the difference.

Prediction: VIKINGS 20, jags 17

Vikings WR Percy Harvin
BEARS over colts
Chicago has high expectations. The Colts have some expectations. Indianpolis’ No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck will turn a few heads today, but his team falls short to the Bears at Soldier Field this afternoon.

Prediction: BEARS 27, colts 20

eagles over BROWNS
Those rabid fans known as Cleveland’s Dog Pound are aching for a winning team. Sorry, Browns fans. It’s not ready to happen yet. Michael Vick leads his high-powered Eagles offense to a two-touchdown win.

Prediction: eagles 24, BROWNS 10

LIONS over rams
Veteran RB Steven Jackson, entering his 9th NFL season, continues carry the load for St. Louis as the team travels to Detroit today. It’s too bad the woeful Rams don’t have nearly enough pieces around him to compete well. Matthew Stafford shreds the St. Louie’s secondary for 350 yards and three scores in a Lions’ rout.

Prediction: LIONS 34, rams 20

pats 27, TITANS 17
All Tom Brady does is win. Today, at Tennessee’s LP Field, his Patriots open its 2012 campaign by toppling the Titans by ten.

Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez
falcons over CHIEFS
Flanked by top-notch wide-outs Roddy White and Julio Jones, along with 46-year-old (ahem, sorry, 36-year-old) TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan amasses 300 yards in the air to lead Atlanta past Kansas City.

Prediction: falcons 24, CHIEFS 17

Rabid Saints fans (a.k.a. Who Dat Nation)

SAINTS over skins
Welcome to the NFL, Robert Griffin III. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is greeted by a heavy dose of Who Dat nation today in New Orleans. The Saints fly by the Griffin’s Skins to open up its season in blowout fashion.

Prediction: SAINTS 34, skins 17

bills over JETS
New York struggles to find an offensive identity, opening its season with a home loss to Buffalo.

Prediction: bills 16, JETS 10

TEXANS over fins
Arian Foster and Ben Tate combine for 160 yards on the ground as the Texans stomp over the Dolphins in Houston.

Prediction: TEXANS 27, fins 13
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

 PACK over niners
Aaron Rodgers and his arsenal of talented receivers are too much for the 49ers today in Lambeau. The Packers win by seven.

Prediction: PACK 27, niners 20

hawks over CARDS
Seattle might be one beast short of a full squad today in Arizona. But Marshawn Lynch’s potential absence is not enough for the Cardinals to overcome. The Seahawks emerge with a solid, season-opening divisional road win.

Prediction: hawks 17, CARDS 13

panthers over BUCS
Tampa Bay’s putrid defense against Super Cam’s potent offense … Advantage: Newton’s Panthers.

Prediction: panthers 31, BUCS 17
Broncos QB Peyton Manning

BRONCOS over steel 
Peyton Manning makes his much-anticipated Denver Broncos debut tonight against Pittsburgh. And, he doesn’t disappoint. In an entertaining, down-to-the-wire Sunday night battle, Peyton’s squad squeaks past the Steelers in overtime.

Prediction: 20, steel 17 (in OT)

RAVENS over bengals
In a tough AFC North division battle, Baltimore refuses to lose at home.  The Ravens win a brutal bout with the Bengals by three.

Prediction: RAVENS 17, bengals 14

chargers over RAIDERS
San Diego QB Philip Rivers is eager to show last year was a fluke and he’s much better than that. Rivers’ Chargers eke by Carson Palmer’s Raiders in the week one finale at Oakland tomorrow night. 

chargers 24, RAIDERS 20

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