The NFL returned on Thursday in dramatic fashion, as a rematch of the Super Bowl kicked things off properly. Cam Newton took quite a bit of punishment, putting his team in position to attempt a game winning field goal, but the kick sailed wide, clinching the game for Denver.
Now on Sunday, we get a full slate of NFL games, so, in keeping with our amazing run through the playoff of picking out right winners, we thought we would do it for the full season just to see how damn good we really are here at PopWrapped. A reminder: these are outright winners. If you want to place money of the games, we are not responsible for informing you of the spread; do some research, you gambling fool.
Since this is the opening week, most people are just throwing spaghetti against the wall in hopes that it sticks. So the blurbs will be a little all over the place, with some broad generalizations about the teams involved.
Sports are supposed to be fun, so try to have some.
NFL Week 1 Predictions:
Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars: Aaron Rodgers has endorsements, a Super Bowl ring, and is dating Olivia Munn. I'd say that next to Tom Brady, Rodgers is winning at life. So is his team this Sunday. A healthy Jordy Nelson will be all too much for the young Jaguar defense. Green Bay: 28 Jacksonville: 14
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens: Both of these teams are a bit of an enigma. Buffalo, due to under-performances by Sammy Watkins and Lesean McCoy last year, have experts questioning their lofty expectations. Baltimore simply couldn't stay healthy last year and dropped almost all of the close games they had. Buffalo is primed to take a step forward, but we've heard that the past three years. Baltimore: 17 Buffalo: 14
Chicago Bears at Houston Texans: Houston will be playing without JJ Watt to open the year, but Jay Cutler and his frat boy smugness is still the quarterback in Chicago. Houston is expected to compete for the playoffs, and Chicago is rebuilding. Houston wins. Houston: 21 Chicago: 7
Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles: The signing of Robert Griffin III has folks in Cleveland somewhat hopeful he can reclaim at least a little of the magic that he displayed his first year in the league. Philadelphia just traded their quarterback the week before the season starts and is going with the rookie they just drafted out of North Dakota St. Cleveland will lose. Philadelphia: 9 Cleveland: 3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan and the Falcons had a dismal season last year after starting off red hot. Tampa Bay has a lot of tall receivers and a burgeoning star in Jameis Winston. While the Falcons bolster quite a bevy of weapons on offense, they really have no one worth a damn on defense. Tampa comes out and takes it to their division rival. Tampa Bay: 24 Atlanta: 20
Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans: Minnesota suffered the devastating news of losing their projected starter Teddy Bridgewater to a season-ending knee dislocation. They did get the Eagles to trade them Sam Bradford, but he has had a week to learn the playbook. Marcus Mariota and newly acquired former rushing champ Demarco Murray is hungry to shake off the disappointing season he spent in Philadelphia last year. Minnesota also has a young defense and Adrian Peterson which will lead them to victory. Minnesota: 17 Tennessee: 7
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets: Cincinnati is coming off a crushing defeat in the playoffs, losing their offensive coordinator, and their All Pro tight end is out for the first month of the season. The Jets have some quality talent, but they do not have a quarterback to take them to the next level. Cincinnati wins by 2 touch downs. Cincinnati: 34 New York: 21
Oakland Raiders at New Orleans Saints: Oakland is being predicted to be a breakout team with their trio of Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Latavious Murray. Khalil Mack on defense cements frisky status. New Orleans is still trying to find their identity, aside from long-tenured Drew Brees and coach Sean Peyton. New Orleans still finds a way to win in the Superdome. New Orleans: 24 Oakland: 21
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs: The Chargers spent most of the off-season dealing with rumors they were moving to Los Angeles and, then, a contract hold out by their first round draft pick. Kansas City is one of the top 7 teams in the AFC, with a very good defense and a healthy Jamall Charles. KC walks by 3 scores. Kansas City: 35 San Diego: 10
Miami Dolphins at Seattle Seahawks: Miami has a few pieces, but seems to sign the wrong guy or implement the wrong head coach. Seattle is one of the best teams in the league and damn near unbeatable at home. Seattle stomps the fins. Seattle: 24 Miami: 7
Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts: Detroit signed some quality offensive players, but is still dealing with losing Calvin Johnson to retirement and Dancing With The Stars. Indy has a healthy Andrew Luck. Healthy Andrew Luck will be the difference. Indianapolis: 17 Detroit: 7
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: America's team lost Tony Romo but now has a rookie quarterback and running back in Ezekiel Elliot to pair with Dez Bryant; they still have no defense. New York has one of the most exciting wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr and a relatively frisky defense. Dallas will lose in heartbreaking fashion. New York: 20 Dallas: 17
New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals: Tom Brady will not be playing, Rob Gronkowski will not be playing, and Arizona has one of the best defenses in the league. New England's defense is solid but will not be enough to overcome the wide array of wide receivers on the Cardinals, nor their savvy veteran quarterback in Carson Palmer. Arizona: 24 New England: 21
Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Football Team: We will not state the given nickname of Washington's football team due it being deemed offensive to a large contingent of Native Americans. They also have no chance at beating Pittsburgh despite this writer's deep-seeded venom towards those black and yellow NFL-clad turdburglers. Pittsburgh: 35 Washington: 17
Los Angeles Rams at San Fransico 49ers: That guy who sparked the whole national debate about the National Anthem will be on the bench after he kneels for the anthem. The Rams have a top 10 defense, but questions at their quarterback keep most from hopping on the bandwagon. The 49ers have no idea what is going on, but they got Chip Kelly and his book of tricks guiding the ship. Los Angeles: 14 San Fran: 10