Week 1 NFL predictions: Scores for every game

Tennessee's bevy of playmakers should feast on the Raiders' beat-up secondary. As long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy, the Packers will reach the playoffs. If Luck is not ready by Week 1 as he should be, further doubt should be cast on this season. Miami has not won a playoff game since beating Indianapolis in a wild-card game in the postseason and failed to record back-to-back playoff appearances after slipping to last season. They have talented wideouts in place, but at what point will they click with Cousins? 2018 Schedule Philadelphia Eagles

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Panthers 28, 49ers 13 -- David Newton. The 49ers have won six consecutive regular-season openers and Shanahan knows the Panthers well from his time as Atlanta's offensive coordinator. The Panthers dominated San Francisco in a win last year in Week 2, which illustrates how big of a gap the 49ers had to close in less than a year.

Newton's health will go a long way in determining the outcome, but the Panthers' continuity is enough to help them eke out a win against a 49ers team still adapting to all of its changes. Panthers 23, Niners 20 -- Nick Wagoner. The Giants won last year's opener and swept the season series.

The matchup is ideal for the Giants: Their second-ranked run defense held Ezekiel Elliott to yards on 44 carries 3. What changes this year? Giants 24, Cowboys 23 -- Jordan Raanan.

The past two games have been decided by a point. The Cowboys get a boost from knowing Elliott will be on the field. For the Giants, even if Odell Beckham Jr. The Cowboys feel like they owe the Giants one after getting swept by them a year ago. The emotions of having Elliott will carry them for one game, but who knows what happens if Elliott misses the next six games?

Cowboys 30, Giants 27 -- Todd Archer. I could definitely make an argument for Adrian Peterson making a triumphant return with his new team. This would probably be a coin-flip matchup at a neutral site -- the Saints have a much more dynamic offense, and there is hope they finally have improved their defense after a dominant preseason. But there are no questions about the Vikings' defense, which produced five Pro Bowl selections last year.

They should be able to help neutralize the likes of Drew Brees , Michael Thomas , Mark Ingram and, yes, Peterson in a raucous Monday night environment. Vikings 23, Saints 20 -- Mike Triplett. The Vikings' defense looks primed for a big outing despite its secondary facing an immediate test from Brees and the Saints' prolific passing offense. The Vikings will keep things conservative while debuting an offensive line with new starters at each position. Rookie Dalvin Cook is starting in the backfield and could be just as effective, if not more, in the short passing game.

Minnesota sends Vikings legend Adrian Peterson back to New Orleans with a record to start the season. Vikings 24, Saints 21 -- Courtney Cronin. The Chargers have not won in Denver since , but that streak comes to an end here. Defensively, Chargers coordinator Gus Bradley will force quarterback Trevor Siemian to beat his defense by taking away the run and forcing the Broncos to take deep shots. Siemian has averaged 44 passing attempts and just 5.

Chargers 28, Broncos 24 -- Eric Williams. The Broncos are in home openers, including in the past Oh, and the team's defense is still one of the league's best with Von Miller poised for a monster year. The Chargers have not won in Denver since a Thursday night during the season. Broncos 27, Chargers 17 -- Jeff Legwold. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?

Week 1 NFL predictions: Scores for every game d ESPN. No denying Saquon Barkley's skills, but Giants goofed in drafting him at No. Eli Manning, offensive line make Giants' weapons obsolete 6h Jordan Raanan. Matthew Stafford needs to rediscover his deep-ball accuracy 8h Michael Rothstein.

Melvin Gordon's nose for goal line solves Chargers red zone woes 10h Eric Williams. Redskins' offense falls flat as year sellout streak ends 10h John Keim. Broncos are , but high-powered opponents will be a big defensive challenge 10h Jeff Legwold.

Ryan Tannehill shows how Dolphins can be surprise playoff contenders 10h Cameron Wolfe. Panthers waste Cam Newton's effort, miss chance to steal important win 10h David Newton. Rams no longer just the best team on paper 11h Lindsey Thiry. Game Snapshot with Current Line. Thursday, August 9, at 7: Bucs begin prepping for early season without Winston After a disappointing last-place finish in the highly competitive NFC South last year, quarterback Jameis Winston failed to help his cause for a rebound season after the league suspended him for the first three games of for violating the personal conduct code amid allegations he groped an Uber driver.

Tannehill back for Dolphins in re-tooled offense Miami has not won a playoff game since beating Indianapolis in a wild-card game in the postseason and failed to record back-to-back playoff appearances after slipping to last season. Notable Trends The Dolphins are: The over is in the last four meetings between the teams. The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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Bank the Bet Podcast. A daily podcast bringing you top experts from around the industry giving you their picks on the day's games. Prop and Exotic Bets. The same could said more or less about the AFC—with the exception of Buffalo—going into this season. The NFC is the dominant conference. This is always a difficult projection because, as I alluded to, everyone feels great about his or her team right now.

Look, Sam Darnold is the future of the Jets, and they should still be cutting backflips that they got him at No. Locking in cornerback Trumaine Johnson for his prime years will also help a passing defense that took a tremendous dip in The Jets probably won a few more games than they should have last season, so six wins and second place in the division will be something to build on for Todd Bowles into This contest follows games against Detroit, Miami, Cleveland and Jacksonville.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has missed the past 20 games for the Dolphins, and if he misses another, either Brock Osweiler or David Fales will start in his place. The Dolphins have one of the latest byes available, in Week The Bills team depended on LeSean McCoy racking up yards, low-risk quarterback play and an opportunistic defense. He was the least-accurate and most turnover-prone top quarterback in the draft. It all spells a big step back for the surprise playoff team from Antonio Brown is a top-two or the top?

The Steelers did well to pick up linebacker Jon Bostic in free agency and nab safety Terrell Edmunds in the draft.

Jacksonville forced seven turnovers, while the Steelers could create just one. The 45—42 final score from their playoff contest is not indicative of how totally in control the Jags were for more than three-and-a-half quarters of the game. Baltimore went against would-be playoff teams and against all others.

The match is also important to Baltimore because it faces New Orleans, Carolina and Pittsburgh in consecutive weeks afterward.

This designation is more about feel than what I see on paper. You have to like their running game, pass catchers and, if rookie center Billy Price is healthy as expected, their offensive line, too.

Using the same logic as with the Ravens, the Bengals went against playoff teams last season but a paltry against the others. Dalton and Lewis together are versus the Steelers including the playoffs and have just one win at home against the division rival. If not, this could be another forgettable season for a well-put-together team.

In the last three seasons the Browns have been the worst, second-worst and third-worst scoring offense in the NFL, and the team has tallied four total wins. This season is going to be all about small victories for the Browns. And hopefully for the Browns, that one road win will turn into two, and two will turn into…. The Chiefs have made it to the playoffs the past three years playing in what has been, over that span, the most competitive division in football.

The steadiness of Alex Smith, the coaching of Andy Reid and a stout defense have been the reason. The defense will hardly be recognizable from last year. The outcome of this game could decide the AFC West. Considering how weak the AFC is, 10 wins should get you into the playoffs, and a victory here will help the Chiefs secure at least one game at Arrowhead. After two down years, this team crawled out of the AFC West cellar to finish second last year with little contribution from their rookies.

Now Mike Williams and Forrest Lamp enter Year 2 with rookie safety Derwin James—possibly the best value pick of the first round—bolstering a defensive backfield that already has Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett.

Losing tight end Hunter Henry to an ACL tear hurts, but the Chargers have three months to figure out a position that was a given for so long thanks to Antonio Gates. The Chargers played a lot of home games last year that felt like road games in the 30,seat StubHub Center.

This will be the second home game of for Los Angeles, and it comes against the resurgent Bay Area club with the popular young quarterback. On top of that, the Raiders basically got a new secondary, new No. How will Oakland and its coaching staff respond after a week off following what I suspect to be early-season success based largely on the schedule?

Also telling was Denver getting just one road win, against the hapless Colts in Week The former Broncos defensive coordinator returns to Denver, where he helped craft the Super Bowl-winning defense three seasons ago. This game will be the best test for both sides of the ball in Denver.

The Jaguars defense is not to be trifled with. On offense, Jacksonville signed guard Andrew Norwell at the start of free agency to bolster an already strong line.

The rematch, slated for the second week of the season, will be a tone-setter for the Jags. Deshaun Watson is better than those three combined. DeAndre Hopkins has come into his own after another stellar season got him the deserved recognition of the All-Pro team.

And the worst scoring defense in the NFL gets the best pass rusher in the game back while also adding Tyrann Mathieu, on a one-year bet-on-himself deal, to the secondary. These teams split the series last year, but the one game in which Watson played really tells the story. The Texans won and Watson led the franchise to its highest scoring output ever. The way I see it below , the Titans will very much be in the hunt in Week 12, so this division contest is a crucial one for Houston.

Derrick Henry has control of the running game. The offensive line is solid. Tennessee had great offseason pickups with Malcolm Butler in free agency and Rashaan Evans in the draft.

But I like Jacksonville and Houston more in the division and Marcus Mariota throwing 13 touchdowns to 15 interceptions in his third season is concerning. A slight step back for Tennessee feels like the call here. These teams also meet in Week 3, so really you can take your pick. Tennessee impressively topped the Jags twice last season on its way to a division record. As noted above, I think the AFC South will come down to the wire, so a win here for the Titans will very likely prove this prediction wrong.

This prediction, which mirrors the results for Indianapolis, is solely rooted in the uncertainty around Andrew Luck. This should be the first time since Jan.

If Luck is not ready by Week 1 as he should be, further doubt should be cast on this season. No team—not the Packers or the Patriots or the Saints—has a better quarterback situation than Philadelphia.