Week One often brings overreaction. After a week of multiple upsets, the public often turns to just one week to think about what will happen the rest of the season. It turns a long season into a short one.
But, in the social media filled world, it’s bound to happen. People can instantly give their thoughts. Hot takes are a thing around the social media world, and even at big networks.
You won’t find those here.
There is a lot to go before we can be certain about this season.
Let’s get to the picks.
Chiefs 24, Eagles 20
Andy Reid’s disciple Doug Pederson returns to Arrowhead with an Eagles team that looked good on both sides of the ball last week. The Chiefs come off a big win in Foxborough. Carson Wentz and company will face a big test in the Chiefs defensive line. That, plus a Chiefs team that’s a grind it out team, sends the Eagles packing.
Panthers 20, Bills 13
This will be low scoring. The Bills don’t have much firepower offensively, but they can contain a Panthers unit that has issues as well. Cam Newton and company will make enough plays to win at home.
Patriots 34, Saints 28
The Saints play extremely well in the dome. Brees will rebound from last week’s struggles at Minnesota. Ted Ginn is primed for a big week as well. But, the Patriots are ready to respond, and Brandin Cooks is pissed off.
Ravens 21, Browns 17
The Browns have a front seven that will disrupt a lot of things. The Ravens could struggle early on against this team. However, a rookie quarterback against a good defense could bring a costly turnover.
Cardinals 24, Colts 13
Jacoby Brissett starts for the Colts, but how much grasp does he have on the offense? The Cardinals have talent on all three levels of the defense. Don’t be surprised if one errant throw goes the other way. The Cardinals don’t have David Johnson, but they should be able to move the ball on the Colts defense.
Titans 22, Jaguars 17
The Jaguars 11 sacks last week might be a fluke, but that group is supremely talented. They’ll have their hands full with Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin. Expect the Titans to lean heavily on the running game, and the Jags to do the same. It comes down to quarterbacks, and Mariota is better than Bortles.
Steelers 26, Vikings 16
No Bradford? That seriously complicates things for the Vikings. I don’t think we will see the same team with Case Keenum at quarterback. They may pound the rock with Dalvin Cook to keep things close, but the Steelers will eventually break through.
Buccaneers 30, Bears 28
The Bucs are a team of mystery. The Bears hung with the Falcons at home. A long road trip against a team that is fresh is tough, not to mention that the Bucs offense is absolutely loaded with talent. Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard will provide a spark offensively, but the Bucs are more talented.
Chargers 27, Dolphins 24
The first game in the StubHub center. No Jason Verrett makes it tough for the Charger secondary, but giving rookie Desmond King more reps might be a good thing. The Chargers found something late last week, and they will keep it rolling against the Smokin’ Jay led Dolphins.
Raiders 31, Jets 10
The Jets are a team that will struggle all season long. That’s no different here. The Raiders will pound the ball with Lynch to open things up. Containing Cooper and Crabtree will be nearly impossible for this team to do.
Broncos 23, Cowboys 20
The Cowboys played well against a tough defense last week. Now, another one is on the slate, this time on the road. Von Miller will keep things uncomfortable, plus the run defense is better than advertised. Plus, Trevor Siemian looked solid last week. I expect it again.
Seahawks 23, 49ers 9
The Niners don’t have much offensively, which could lead to a long afternoon against Seattle. The Seahawks won’t completely run away with this due to the Niners vicious front.
Redskins 24, Rams 23
The duel in L.A. begins with a coach and his disciple. The Rams looked very good last week, even if it was the Colts. The Redskins aren’t much better though. This game should be back and forth, but I’ll take a more trusted quarterback at this point.
Falcons 30, Packers 28
The showdown at the new stadium features a shootout. Aaron Rodgers and company will look to get things rolling quicker this week. The defense has an extremely tough task. However, if the Bears stayed in it, I think Green Bay will, even on the road. This game could end up exactly like last season’s regular season meeting.
Giants 19, Lions 17
The Giants seem likely to get Beckham back on Monday Night. If so, that gives them the advantage. The defense played their butt off against Dallas, and pressuring Stafford should be easier. This will be close, but Eli and company get just enough points.