The Stack's 2013-14 NFL season preview was yesterday and after a weather delay, the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens kicked off the season and boy did Peyton Manning look good throwing seven touchdowns! He's only the sixth player ever to do that. Simply an amazing performance. Watch out for the Broncos. They look like they are destined to do great things. Just like every Friday last year, we'll preview every NFL game for the upcoming week and make predictions. I have a feeling this first week isn't going to go so well. Did pretty good last year. Let's see how it goes for week one of the NFL season as it is time to make some picks in "the stack" for today, Friday, September 6:
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM ET CBS
The Patriots have to be looking forward to finally playing a regular game after the offseason they went through. And they get to go against a rookie quarterback in E.J. Manuel. The Patriots have lost a lot of weapons, but they're still a better team than the Bills and should be able to sneak out with a victory.
Prediction: Patriots 27 Bills 17
Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM ET FOX
This could be a tough game for the Seahawks. Flying all the way across country against a team with a quarterback like Cam Newton who has something to prove, just like his entire team. The Seahawks have Super Bowl aspirations for a reason. They are a very good team on both sides of the ball and can handle an early kickoff the first game of the year. Expect a close game and don't be surprised if the Panthers win this one.
Prediction: Seahawks 24 Panthers 20
Cincinnati Bengals @ Chicago Bears 1:00 PM ET CBS
There is a lot of hype surrounding the Bengals this year and their game against the Bears will be a good first test. The Bears are an interesting team this year in that some people think they will take a step back with new head coach Marc Trestman and others thing they could really do something. You wonder if the expectations for the Bengals will be too much to handle. They definitely have plenty of talent. Going out on a limb and saying they can get the job done though whoever wins this game really won't surprise me.
Prediction: Bengals 24 Bears 16
Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM ET CBS
The Dolphins with all of their high priced free agents are making a trip to the Factory of Sadness, but the Browns and their fans aren't feeling quite so sad. They have reason to be slightly optimistic. Good defense and if Brandon Weeden can take that next step, they'll be competitive this year. In a slight upset, I think Browns can beat a Dolphins team full of expectations as they look to be something of a dream team (don't tell Philadelphia that).
Prediction: Browns 23 Dolphins 17
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions 1:00 PM ET FOX
Both teams had polar opposite seasons last season then what happened to them in 2011. Surprisingly, a lot of people are down on the Vikings and expect them to take a step back while a lot of people expect the Lions to compete in the NFC North. Don't the Vikings still have the MVP? If Christian Ponder can play like a quarterback, the Vikings will surprise. The key to this game will be Reggie Bush and if he can provide the Lions a ground game or be a weapon in the screen game. I think he will.
Prediction: Vikings 30 Lions 27
Indianapolis Colts @ Oakland Raiders 1:00 PM ET CBS
While Colts fans are sad about the Greeny curse, they can at least take some solace in the fact that they're playing one of the worst teams in the NFL in the Oakland Raiders, so they should knotch a W.
Prediction: Colts 34 Raiders 16
Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM ET CBS
The Andy Reid era begins in KC and and it should start out good in this matchup of two 2-14 teams from a year ago. The Chiefs definitely have more talent between the two teams and the Jaguas definitely have the worst quarterback situation in the league.
Prediction: Chiefs 23 Jaguars 13
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM ET FOX
This is a rivalry that not enough fans know about or care about. They should though. These two teams hate each other. It will be a shootout in the Superdome featuring two of the best quarterbacks in the league in Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. Both teams can win the NFC South. The Falcons are the slightly better team, but the energy will be with the Saints in head coach Sean Payton's first regular season game back after missing all of last year due to suspension.
Prediction: Saints 31 Falcons 27
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Jets 1:00 PM ET FOX
Darrelle Revis returns to Met Life Stadium as a visitor in this one. He shouldn't have any trouble against the Jets offense. Geno Smith needs to show Jets fans that there is hope for the forseeable future. Not sure that's going to happen in this game.
Prediction: Bucs 20 Jets 9
Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM ET CBS
The Steelers have dealt with plenty of injuries during training camp and the preseason, but despite all of the injuries, they are still a better team than the Titans. If Jake Locker can play decent, the Titans could surprise people, but that's going to be difficult against the Steelers defense.
Prediction: Steelers 27 Titans 13
Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers 4:25 PM ET FOX
The Packers season begins right where it ended, right where they were embarrassed. While it seems highly unlikely that Colin Kaepernick is going to run for over 100 yards, but until the Packers defense proves they can stop Kaepernick, I've got to give the edge to the 49ers offense and that defense will make things difficult for the Packers offense.
Prediction: 49ers 34 Packers 24
Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams 4:25 PM ET FOX
A matchup featuring what appears to be the two worst teams in the NFC West. The Rams have added weapons for quarterback Sam Bradford and this matchup features two of the most exciting rookies coming into the league: WR Tavon Austin for St. Louis and safety Tyrann Mathieu (aka Honey Badger) for Arizona. Arizona has gotten better. St. Louis is better too though. Close game.
Prediction: Rams 23 Cardinals 17
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys 8:30 PM ET NBC
This NFC East rivalry never loses any flavor or intensity. The Giants have had the Cowboys number in Jerry's Palace, but this year may be different. This seems like its the Cowboys year to take the division. The Giants have some injury problems including the "Salsa Dancer" Victor Cruz though he should play. There's always pressure on the Cowboys as they are "America's Team", but this year there seems like an added sense of urgency surrounding the team. Perhaps that is a good thing for the Cowboys. Regardless, this should be a good game with the home team getting the edge.
Prediction: Cowboys 27 Giants 24
Coming up Monady: NFL Week 1 reaction plus preview of MNF doubleheader