AFCN: Week 1 Speculation

AFCN: Week 1 Speculation
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I’m refraining from calling this a “prediction” piece this season. Predictions indicate one firmly believes something will happen and isn’t afraid to stand behind that judgment. In the NFL, nothing is certain except Roger Goodell’s poor judgment. That said, I’ll offer some form of prognostication, even if it’s lighthearted and not entirely backed up by evidence, but I really have no interest in how “correct” I’ll be.

As usual, these picks are for fun and should in no way be used for actual wagering purposes. That is, unless you want to make a ton of money in a legal forum, because we know more stuff and things about football than you do or something.

On to the games!

Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins
Sunday, September 8, 1:00 pm EST – CBS
The Ravens are eager to unveil their new offense. After last week’s bizarre moves, the Dolphins may not be able to field one. I’ll hesitantly say advantage: Ravens.
Ravens 31, Dolphins 16

Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns
Sunday, September 8, 1:00 pm EST – CBS
The Browns are rejuvenated, talented and anxious to prove their rebound last year was no fluke. And although I like head coach Mike Vrabel, the Titans are still wondering if Marcus Mariota is capable of playing quarterback in the NFL and whether he’ll survive Week 1 without a left tackle.
Titans 17, Browns 28

Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, September 8, 4:00 pm EST – CBS
This one could get ugly in a hurry, as the Seahawks are determined to show their defensive overhaul is complete, and quarterback Russell Wilson wants to start earning his lucrative new salary. The Bengals will have to fare well against a different time zone, a nasty defense and the “12th Man”.
Bengals 20, Seahawks 27

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots
Sunday, September 8, 8:20 pm EST – NBC
The defending champs aren’t what they used to be, but neither are the Steelers, who hope their losses on offense will be bolstered by their additions on defense. Needless to say, both secondaries will have their hands full as neither team shows a real propensity to run the ball, although New England is probably more suited to if needed. I like the Patriots here, but not by much.
Steelers 27, Patriots 34

It’s here, fellas. At last.


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