Predictions for each Week 1 matchup
Jaguars win 12-10.
Redskins @ Saints: The Saints don't lose in the Super Dome. They just don't. Especially when they're facing the Redskins. The Redskins defense is good enough to limit Brees and the Saints from embarrassing them, and RG3 will help the Skins score on a depleted Saints defense, but it's the Saints... in the Super Dome. Oh, and the bounty suspensions were just overturned while I was writing this, so the Saints will have Will Smith back (no Vilma though, he's injured).
Saints win 35-17.
Bills @ Jets: Well, you gotta pick the Jets here, right? Tebow's in their corner. Who cares if he plays? He'll just rub Sanchez's head and instill the power of God in him. Or... the Bills will run all over the now-mediocre Rex Ryan defense with Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller while the Jets continue to not score touchdowns. Eh, I'll give the Jets one touchdown.
Bills win 20-10.
Patriots @ Titans: The AFC champions made improvements on both sides of the ball this offseason. The Titans have a raw second year quarterback behind center. I think Chris Johnson has a big game running the ball to the outside (away from Vince Wilfork), but Tom Brady keeps pouring it on with Wes Welker and new deep threat Brandon Lloyd, a player he will soon learn to love.
Pats win 38-17.
Seahawks @ Cardinals: Who's even the Cardinals' starting quarterback? Hold on, I actually have to look it up... Okay, Rotoworld tells me that John Skelton is the starter. Do I need to explain anymore? Alright, here's something - Marshawn Lynch. He might not play, but I still don't see the Cardinals scoring enough points to win.
Seahawks win 21-9.
49ers @ Packers: Gotta say, I can't wait to watch this game. Offensive powerhouse versus defensive powerhouse. As Madden used to say in his old video games, "what happens when an unstoppable force meets and immovable object?" I'm actually taking the immovable object on this one. It's not yet frigid in Lambeau, and Aaron Rodgers is coming off of a bad preseason, and while I expect him to have another sensational year, he may not come out on fire. I like the Niners additions of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham to improve their passing game, and they've still got their big offensive line and bruising runners. Also, Green Bay gave up the most yards in the league last year and was only 19th in scoring defense.
Niners win 27-24. I'll take it a step further on this one: they win on a 17-yard Vernon Davis touchdown to take the lead.