The Seahawks have won three of the last four against Denver, which includes the 43-8 stomping in Super Bowl XLVIII. Denver’s last win was at home in 2010. The Broncos will have a new QB in Case Keenum and a defense built around LB Von Miller and rookie DE Bradley Chubb. The Seahawks need to find a running game and only S Earl Thomas remains from the Legion of Boom defensive backfield. Give Denver a slight home field advantage… Denver 24, Seattle 20.
Since the 1999 season, the Redskins have beaten the Cardinals 11 of 14 times including last year’s 20-15 victory. The Redskins will have a new quarterback in Alex Smith and a loaded backfield with Samaje Perine (603 yards in 2017) and second-round draft pick Derrius Guice. The Cardinals will have a new quarterback of their own in Sam Bradford. Washington’s track record in this series is just too much… Washington 28, Arizona 21.
Since 2005, the Cowboys and Panthers have met six times. Dallas has won five including all of the games played in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina went 6-2 at home last season. Dallas is recovering from a disappointing 9-7 season last year after winning the NFC East the previous year. The Cowboys have plenty of weapons – QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott to name a few. Carolina’s defense is the difference in this season opener… Carolina 20, Dallas 17.
Week 1’s Sunday night game is an NFC North showdown. The Packers have owned this series winning the last four straight and, since the 2009 season, 16 of the last 19 meetings. Chicago will have a new head coach in Matt Nagy, Kansas City’s former offensive coordinator. The problem is that the Bears defense is marginal and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is back and healthy. Oh, and the game is at Lambeau Field… Green Bay 33, Chicago 17.
In the first of two opening week Monday night games, the Jets head to Ford Field in Detroit to take on the Lions. Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the Jets, but for how long? First-round pick Sam Darnold waits in the wings. The Lions have experience and have gone 9-7 in each of the past two seasons… Detroit 27, NY Jets 17.
The final game of Week 1 is a west coast matchup between the Rams and Raiders. The Rams will be looking to take the next step after winning the NFC West and then bowing out of the playoffs in the Wild Card round. The Rams have won three of the last four meetings with the Raiders. The last was in 2014, a 52-0 blowout back when the Rams were still in St. Louis. The game will mark the return of Jon Gruden to the head coaching ranks. It also marks the return of the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year (Todd Gurley of the Rams) and Defensive Player of the Year (Aaron Donald of the Rams). Advantage Rams… LA Rams 30, Oakland 23.
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2018 NFL Football Season