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Joe Flacco and Jacoby Jones must become one in order for the Ravens to repeat.
NFL pundits scoffed at the selections of E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith. Sunday both rookie quarterbacks will make their NFL debuts with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, respectively. Sean Payton returns from a year long suspension ready to put his foot on the pedal of the high scoring New Orleans Saints offense. In Philadelphia, Chip Kelly brings his own brand of football to a city eager to move on from the Andy Reid Era. We’ll get our first look at the Eagles on Monday against the Washington Redskins.
Tonight, the Denver Broncos seek a small measure of revenge against the world champions.
Thursday September 5, 2013, 8:30 pm:
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos – The jumbled mess that is the Broncos backfield has not been worked out yet. The Ravens defense needs to make a statement early in this game. Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and former Bronco Elvis Dumervil should get their chances at Peyton Manning. No Champ Bailey or Von Miller for the Broncos.
Ravens 27 – Broncos 21
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:00 pm:
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – The Patriots want to get after someone in a hurry. I hate to see it happen to E.J. Manuel in his first pro start but someone has to pay.
Patriots 33 – Bills 13
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers – Here’s hoping the Steelers can find a running attack and a pass rush. Tennessee’s running game will be something to behold.
Steelers 17 – Titans 14
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears – The Bengals could be this year’s Seattle Seahawks. Jake Cutler begins a make or break season in Chi-Town.
Bears 24 – Bengals 20
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – The Saints are whole again and will be looking to make a statement against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons defense leaves much to be desired.
Saints 27 – Falcons 26
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets – A Darrelle Revis pick or a Geno Smith touchdown pass, which comes first?
Bucs 24 – Jets 9
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars – Andy Reid and Alex Smith get off to a good start. Jaguars fans chant for Tim Tebow.
Chiefs 31 – Jags 10
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – The Panthers defense causes three turnovers in an opening day stunner.
Panthers 26 – Seahawks 17
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns – Not much fuss being made about Ryan Tannehill in the off season. His steady hands continues to impress.
Dolphins 28 – Browns 23
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Curious to see Adrian Peterson do battle against the Lions D-Line. Reggie Bush makes his Motown debut.
Lions 21 – Vikings 18
Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts – The Raiders QB situation is too much of a circus to make this a contest.
Colts 27 – Raiders 13
Games beginning at 4:25 or later:
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers – I like the Niners in this one, but not by much.
Niners 28 – Packers 24
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams – Tavon Austin dazzles in his debut.
Rams 23 – Cardinals 10
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Tony Romo and Dez Bryant come up huge against the G-Men.
Cowboys 34 – Giants 17
Monday September 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm and 10:20 pm:
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins – More scoring in this one than a high school senior after prom. Birds kick a field goal late to steal one.
Eagles 30 – Redskins 27
Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers – Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub have one of those nights.
Texans 33 – Chargers 20