Week 1 Matchup Predictions

Predictions for each Week 1 matchup

9/7/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

August 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts on the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIREPanthers @ Buccaneers: I'm a big Cam Newton fan. I'm very excited for the Panthers that Jon Beason is returning and that Luke Kuechly will be helping out at linebacker. However, I also love the Bucs' additions of Vincent Jackson at receiver, Carl Nicks at guard, and Doug Martin in the backfield. I think the Bucs will be revitalized after an embarrassingly disappointing season last year, and they will put up a good fight with the Panthers at home. However, Davin Joseph, arguably the Bucs' second best offensive lineman, will not be playing. I still think the Bucs will run pretty well on the Panthers and get Jackson and Mike Williams the ball in the passing game, but Cam and the Panthers will be too much for last year's 30th ranked defense.

Panthers win 31-21.

Steelers @ Broncos: There are certainly some interesting storylines in this one. Peyton Manning's first start as a Bronco, obviously. Steelers' safety Ryan Clark will not play due to his sickle cell condition and the high altitude of the Broncos' stadium. James Harrison is returning from injury and reportedly won't be 100%. And the Steelers' running back situation is a mess, and new offensive coordinator Todd Haley wants to move to a smashmouth, old-school offense. Well, I say Haley forgets about his new offense for now, and Big Ben slings it out to Mike Wallace, upcoming monster Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders. Peyton won't yet be completely in sync with his receivers, and the running game will struggle.

Steelers win 23-20.
Aug 30, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) watches from the sidelines during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeated Cincinnati 20-16.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Bengals @ Ravens: I like the Dalton to Green connection, and though I'm not a big fan of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, I like how he and Bernard Scott can compliment each other. The Bengals have a stout defense (7th in the league last year) and could give Flacco problems. The Ravens are transitioning to an uptempo, pass-first offensive approach, and I expect Flacco (who I think is a very average quarterback) to take some time to master it. In addition, elite outside linebacker Terrell Suggs won't be playing. The Bengals were within one score of the Ravens both times they played them last year, and I think this is the time for the team to mature and take the next step.

Bengals win 28-24.

Chargers @ Raiders: I'm a Raider fan, and if I pick the Raiders, I'll jinx it. If I pick the Chargers, I won't be able to sleep at night. So make up your own mind on this one.
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9/9/12   |   Aconstant   |   13 respect

Well you blew it...Skins beat Saints in the Superdome!  RG3 Baby!