NFL Week 1 Picks 2016 NFL Predictions Week 1: Carolina Panthers 0-0-0 (-3) VS Denver Broncos 0-0-0, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-0-0 VS Atlanta Falcons 0-0-0 (-3), Minnesota Vikings 0-0-0 VS Tennessee Titans 0-0-0 (-1), Cleveland Browns 0-0-0 VS Philadelphia Eagles 0-0-0 (-6), Cincinnati Bengals 0-0-0 (-2) VS New York Jets 0-0-0, Oakland Raiders 0-0-0 VS New Orleans Saints 0-0-0 (-1), San Diego Chargers 0-0-0 VS Kansas City Chiefs 0-0-0 (-7), Buffalo Bills 0-0-0 VS Baltimore Ravens 0-0-0 (-3), Chicago Bears 0-0-0 VS Houston Texans 0-0-0 (-4.5), Green Bay Packers 0-0-0 (-4.5) VS Jacksonville Jaguars 0-0-0, Miami Dolphins 0-0-0 VS Seattle Seahawks 0-0-0 (-10.5), New York Giants 0-0-0 VS Dallas Cowboys 0-0-0 (-1), Detroit Lions 0-0-0 VS Indianapolis Colts 0-0-0 (-4), New England Patriots 0-0-0 VS Arizona Cardinals 0-0-0 (-5.5), Pittsburgh Steelers 0-0-0 (-3) VS Washington Redskins 0-0-0, Los Angeles Rams 0-0-0 (-2) VS San Francisco 49ers 0-0-0

2016 NFL Week 1 Predictions



Can Cam Newton get his revenge on the team that defeated him in Super Bowl 50?





Chris Ransom Last Updated: September 6, 2016.



Carolina Panthers 0-0-0
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Why the Carolina Panthers Will Win: Carolina has to deal with Trevor Siemian at quarterback instead off Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler. Siemian was the third string quarterback on Denver's Super Bowl 50 team.


Carolina has a healthy Kelvin Benjamin. Aqib Talib may get suspended and some think boundary cornerback Chris Harris is better than Talib even though Harris covers the #2 receivers. Denver will make this interesting, but Carolina should be motivated for revenge in Denver after losing Super Bowl 50 to the Broncos in San Francisco.


Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis lead a deadly linebacking core. Carolina has a ton of depth at defensive tackle with Kawaan Short, Star Lotuleilei, and Vernon Butler and can use that depth to stop running back C.J. Anderson and Denver's running game. That will force Siemian to beat the Panthers with his arm.


Why the Denver Broncos Will Win: Denver has a far more stable defense than Carolina. Carolina lost both Jared Allen and Josh Norman to make matters worse. Trevor Siemian may lack experience, but if he can avoid turnovers then Denver has a shot to humiliate their Super Bowl 50 opponent once again since the DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller pass rushing tandem can collapse Carolina's offensive line. T.J. Ward can limit what Greg Olsen does at tight end for the Panthers.


Prediction: Carolina enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $150 dollars, the maximum bet is $170 dollars with the average gambler betting around $160 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 42 points. I think Carolina will win and cover the spread, but I am taking the over this time after taking the under in Super Bowl 50 because more people will be swayed into thinking it will be a defensive game with Cam Newton's Super Bowl 50 struggles plus Trevor Siemian starting for Denver. Siemian will manage the game well and will pick apart a weak Panthers secondary, but he will also throw 1 or 2 interceptions just like Cam Newton did in Super Bowl 50 and that will level the playing field.


Final Score Panthers 24 Broncos 20





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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-0-0
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Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Win: Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is now Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator. With Lovie Smith getting fired, Smith now becomes the defensive mastermind for Tampa Bay with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.


Mike Smith will either win this game for Tampa Bay with his genius playcalling or the defense will be more confused by Smith's plays than the citizens in the movie Idiocracy. Dirk Koetter was the Falcons offensive coordinator under Mike Smith for two seasons in Atlanta when they went 13-3 in 2012 and then 4-12 the following season before going 6-10 in 2014. Atlanta scored 20 or more points in 7 of their 12 losses in 2013 and scored 20 ore more points in 6 of their 10 losses in 2014. That reveals more about Mike Smith's inconsistency when it comes to coaching rather than Koetter. One of those wins in 2014 was a 56-14 blowout where Atlanta slaughtered Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football thanks to the brilliant play calling Koetter provided for the Falcons.


Smith and Koetter both know the Falcons and their playbook fairly well since both coached on the 13-3 Falcons team that lost the 2013 NFC Championship to the 49ers and Tampa Bay swept Atlanta last season without Mike Smith. The Buccaneers are going to improve to an extent with Winston entering his second season as the teams starting quarterback. Tampa Bay has a potent offense with Jameis Winston, running back Doug Martin, wide receiver Mike Evans, wide receiver Vincent Jackson, and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The problem is Tampa Bay does not have depth at wide receiver or tight end if Evans, Jackson, or Seferian-Jenkins gets injured.


Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win: Atlanta is upset about getting swept by Tampa Bay. This home game is a fresh start for Atlanta as winning this home game could give them confidence to start 6-0 once again or Atlanta could lose this game and struggle until Matt Ryan gets benched. Atlanta has Mohammed Sanu complimenting their star receiver Julio Jones and Tampa Bay improved their secondary in the 2016 NFL Draft when they brought in Vernon Hargreaves III to pair with Brent Grimes who used to play for the Falcons.


Devonta Freeman can run the ball to take some carries off of quarterback Matt Ryan. Tampa Bay has Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, and Daryl Smith the former Ravens 3-4 middle linebacker moving to the strong side as a 4-3 left outside linebacker. Running the ball on Tampa Bay and Mike Smith will be more challenging than people realize especially when you consider that Gerald McCoy is one of the NFL's best defensive tackles.


Prediction: Atlanta enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $140 dollars, the maximum bet is $160 dollars with the average gambler betting around $150 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47.5 points. I picked Atlanta back in the preseason to win this game in week 1, but I did not know about Koetter's history with the Falcons before this week. Taking that into consideration I like Tampa Bay in a close shootout where we see the over occur once again as the last three years the over occurred at the Georgia Dome.


Final Score Buccaneers 28 Falcons 27





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Minnesota Vikings 0-0-0
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Tennessee Titans 0-0-0


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Why the Minnesota Vikings Will Win: Minnesota has Everson Griffen going up against Taylor Lewan and and Brian Robison facing Jack Conklin at right tackle. Those matchups between the Vikings defensive ends and Titans offesnive tackles will dictate whether this is an offensive or defensive game.


Minnesota has Linval Joseph and Sharrif Floyd at defesnive tackle. Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Chad Greenway lead the way at linebacker. Having P.J. Williams and Terrance Newman at cornerback with Harrison Smith and Michael Griffin the former Titans free safety at strong safety next to Smith makes Minnesota's defense a very formidable group.


I have more faith in head coach Mike Zimmer than Mike Mularkey which is why I believe the Vikings will win. Tennessee will make this game closer than people think though because Dick LeBeau is the teams new defensive coordinator.


Adrian Peterson should be able to exploit one of the NFL's worst run defenses with ease. Adrian Peterson should have over 100 rushing yards against the Titans and him running the football with the Vikings controlling the game through time of possession should lead to a Vikings victory.


Why the Tennessee Titans Will Win: Tennessee is a huge underdog in this game. That may change with Teddy BrinTeddy Bridgewater's injury.


Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan can be stars at pass rusher for the Titans if they can both stay healthy against left tackle Matt Kalil and right tackle Andre Smith. The Jason McCourty Perish Cox cornerback tandem can also be effective, but we rarely saw both cornerbacks on the field next to each other as both cornerbacks dealt with injuries in 2015. If both corners are healthy this can be a defensive game with Dick LeBeau calling the plays as the Titans new defensive coordinator.


Prediction: Minnesota entered as a 3.5 point favorite. Now there is no line with Teddy Bridgewater being injured from his torn ACL. The minimum bet is $165 dollars, the maximum bet is $185 dollars with the average gambler betting around $175 dollars on this game with high betting action on both teams. The over or under on this game is 42 points. Tennessee can keep this game low scoring which is why I am taking the Titans and the under in the wake of Bridgewater's injury. Minnesota can get at least two touchdowns with Sam Bradford at quarterback.


Final Score Titans 24 Vikings 14





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Cleveland Browns 0-0-0
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Philadelphia Eagles 0-0-0


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Why the Cleveland Browns Will Win: Robert Griffin III is better at controlling his emotions than Sam Bradford and both starting quarterbacks have trouble controlling their emotions. The Vikings got Sam Bradford for a first round pick though and now its Griffin VS Wentz. I think this offensive line can protect the quarterback with Joe Thomas at left tackle. Cameron Erving has to step up at center though. Rookie Corey Coleman should be able to exploit the Eagles weakness at cornerback.


People are sleeping on this Browns defense that features Nate Orchard and Emmanuel Ogbah at 3-4 outside linebacker with Orchard lining up at 3-4 right outside linebacker and Ogbah at 3-4 left outside linebacker. Joe Haden and Tramon Williams can cover Philadelphia's inconsistent receivers if both cornerbacks are healthy. The Browns biggest problem lies at safety.


Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Win: I don't trust Carson Wentz without his offensive line at 100 percent even though the Eagles will have an excellent front 7 that will get some pressure on Robert Griffin III. Lane Johnson being suspended for the first 10 games puts this offensive line at 80 percent tops for the first 10 weeks. Philadelphia's secondary is terrible in coverage, but great at reacting when the ball comes their way through turnovers. Even though the Eagles corners get burned constantly, the Eagles are capable of getting interceptions when you least expect it.


Prediction: Philadelphia enters as a 6 point favorite. The minimum bet is $225 dollars, the maximum bet is $265 dollars with the average gambler betting around $245 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43 points. I am taking the Cleveland Browns to win in an upset on the road and I think they win by double digit points.


Final Score Browns 23 Eagles 13





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Cincinnati Bengals 0-0-0
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Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Win: The Bengals got Andy Dalton at quarterback and A.J. Green at wide receiver. There was a lot of uncertainty at quarterback until Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets.


Why the New York Jets Will Win: Ryan Fitzpatrick returning at quarterback is why I am leaning towards the Jets in a week 1 upset. It's not the only reason I feel this way as there are several reasons why I think the Jets could win even though I picked the Bengals in July.


Let's look at the Bengals offense. A.J. Green is the only reliable target Andy Dalton will have. Brandon LaFell and rookie Tyler Boyd are still adjusting. Having both starting tight end Tyler Eifert and backup tight end Tyler Kroft, a second-year tear tight end out of Rutgers out for this game really does hurt the Bengals.


The Jets have one of the leagues best secondaries when healthy with Darrelle Revis at cornerback, Marcus Gilchrist at strong safety, and Calvin Pryor at free safety. I'm not as high on Buster Skryne playing boundary cornerback since I see him as more of a nickel, but with Ryan Hewitt starting at tight end, the Jets will have a huge advantage since they can use their safeties to play zone coverage to mainly focus on taking away the deep passing game for A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell, or Tyler Boyd plus Gilchrist and Pryor can double team the Bengals receivers by assisting the cornerbacks out.


Cincinnati's offensive line is also going through a lot of injuries at offensive tackle. Starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth has an undisclosed injury, starting right tackle Cedric Ogbuhei has a toe injury that makes him doubtful for week 1, and backup offensive tackle Jake Fisher, the Bengals swing tackle also has a calf injury to top that off.


The Jets may not have a 3-4 pass rusher that can get 10 sacks a year. When you take into account all of those possible injuries at offensive tackle for the Bengals, you have to consider the idea of taking the Jets in an upset.


Ryan Clady will be healthy at left tackle for the Jets which means Michael Johnson will have a hard time getting pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick. Left guard James Carpenter will compliment center Nick Mangold and right guard Brian Winters who gained some experience starting some games at left guard as well as right guard. Breno Giancomi should have some issues in pass blocking against left end Carlos Dunlap, but the Jets will be able to limit Dunlap's sacks if they hand the ball off to Matt Forte. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the first three games in 2016 plus Vincent Rey has a hip injury so Forte may be able to run the ball on Cincinnati in week 1 if Geno Atkins and Domata Peko don't step up to stop the run in week 1.


Adam Jones and William Jackson III are banged up at cornerback and are both questionable for week 1. Darqueze Dennard is also injured plus Reggie Nelson is gone at free safety and the Bengals never replaced him. Dre Kirkpatrick is the only reliable starter on this secondary because George Iloka didn't step up until he was in a contact year at strong safety. Iloka got paid which means he may not be as motivated and could get exposed more without Nelson beside him. So whoever is playing opposite of Dre Kirkpatrick will have problems against Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker at wide receiver for the Jets.


Prediction: Cincinnati enters as a 2 point favorite. The minimum bet is $110 dollars, the maximum bet is $130 dollars with the average gambler betting around $120 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 41.5 points. I previously picked the Bengals to win this game, but with starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth's status up in the air and other injuries on the Bengals, I can see the Jets winning this game by 1 point in a landslide. If Whitworth plays I will change this pick back to the Bengals. I'm that on the fence about this week 1 contest.


Final Score Jets 21 Bengals 20





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Oakland Raiders 0-0-0
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Why the Oakland Raiders Will Win: Quarterback Derek Carr has wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to throw to. Latavis Murray is a great running back to compliment both receivers. Seth Roberts is great in the slot too. Having an offensive line with left tackle Donald Penn, left guard Kelechi Osmele, center Rodney Hudson, right guard Gabe Jackson, and right tackle Austin Howard is going to give Oakland one of the NFL's more explosive offenses.


I love Oakland's front 7 except for middle linebacker Ben Heeney, but I have some questions about how effective David Amerson and Shaun Smith can be in coverage at cornerback. Having Karl Joseph at strong safety and Reggie Nelson at free safety certainly helps the Oakland Raiders.


Why the New Orleans Saints Will Win: Quarterback Drew Brees leads a pretty potent Saints offense as well. This Saints offense has Mark Ingram at running back. Wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Brandon Coleman, Willie Snead, and Michael Thomas provide plenty of targets for Drew Brees to throw to plus Brees has a security blanket in tight end Coby Fleener.


Sheldon Rankins is out for week 1 at defensive tackle, but Tyeler Davison is beating out John Jenkins for the starting defensive tackle job plus Nick Fairley was signed to step in for Rankins so the Saints still have some depth at defensive tackle. Their secondary consists of Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams as their starting cornerbacks after Keenan Lewis got released. Saints fans love Breaux the same way 2015 NFL Draft experts loved the Saints decision to draft Williams in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Williams dealt with injuries last year, but got to learn from Breaux, Lewis, and Browner about what to do and what not do do. Rookie Ken Crawley is pushing Damian Swann for the nickel cornerback job.


I love the Saints linebackers as Stephone Anthony and James Laurinaitis can stop the run effectively. Both are tackling machines that can drop back into coverage. I like Hau'oli Kikaha, but if he cannot step up due to an injury then the Saints have to turn to Ellerbe. Kenny Vacarro and Jarius Byrd are reliable safeties so this game could be more defensive than people realize even though many expect a lot of offense in this one.


Prediction: New Orleans enters as a 1 point favorite. The minimum bet is $100 dollars, the maximum bet is $120 dollars with the average gambler betting around $110 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 51 points. Most people are going to be the over because Derek Carr and Drew Brees are both expected to have big years on offense at quarterback. Raiders and Saints fans will brag about their defensive additions to no end and if the league knows people are going to take the over on this game, then the under will occur. Both teams could play turnover free football on offense, but one team could struggle on third down conversions which forces that team to settle for field goals resulting in an offensive game with a final score of 27-23 with the under barely beating the over. I think that's exactly what we see in New Orleans with Breaux and Williams playin g a little better than people expect against Cooper and Crabtree even though both receivers will put up solid fantasy numbers. At the same time both Saints corners will play well enough on third down to force Oakland to settle for some field goals. That's why I like the Saints 27-23 with both offenses featuring players that put up solid fantasy numbers, but everyone else at Draft Utopia is taking the Raiders to win this game in New Orleans.


Final Score Saints 27 Raiders 23





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San Diego Chargers 0-0-0
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Kansas City Chiefs 0-0-0


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Why the San Diego Chargers Will Win: Philip Rivers is a better quarterback than Alex Smith. Too bad he doesn't have the supporting cast that Smith has in Kansas City. With Justin Houston injured, San Diego has a fighting chance.


Why the Kansas City Chiefs Will Win: Even without Justin Houston, the Kansas City Chiefs have to be a huge favorite over San Diego. I feel like the Chargers failed to make any upgrades and Jamaal Charles is healthy at running back. Kansas City still has a very good defense. Their secondary has Marcus Peters at cornerback with Eric Berry and Ron Parker at safety. The big question is who steps up at cornerback across from Peters with Shaun Smith gone. They still have some solid outside linebackers in Tamba Hali and Dee Ford plus Ramik Wilson should have no problem replacing Josh Mauga.


Prediction: Kansas City enters as a 7 point favorite. The minimum bet is $270 dollars, the maximum bet is $330 dollars with the average gambler betting around $300 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5 points. I expect Kansas City to win, but San Diego will put up some effort on offense. I am taking Kansas City to win and cover the spread, but I think this will be a defensive game where the under barely occurs.


Final Score Chiefs 27 Chargers 17





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Buffalo Bills 0-0-0
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Baltimore Ravens 0-0-0


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Why the Buffalo Bills Will Win: Tyrod Taylor used to be Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore. Rex Ryan used to be John Harbaugh's defensive coordinator on the Baltimore Ravens. Buffalo's GM used to work within the Pittsburgh Steelers. Buffalo knows a lot more about the Ravens than people realize. Plus the Bills have a really good defense ready to take the next step in 2016.


Why the Baltimore Ravens Will Win: Joe Flacco is returning to the side lines. He will have problems with Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby at cornerback for the Bills.


Ravens rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley may buy Flacco the time in the pocket that he needs. Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil can get some pressure on Tyrod Taylor if they are healthy. Wide receiver Steve Smith may be motivated after suffering a season-ending injury in 2015.


Prediction: Baltimore enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $135 dollars, the maximum bet is $145 dollars with the average gambler betting around $145 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5 points. I think this will be a close game, but something tells me Buffalo wins by a field goal. Baltimore was previously favored by 7, but now the Ravens are only favored by 3 points. Still I like Buffalo in the upset and am going with the over.


Final Score Bills 24 Ravens 21





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Chicago Bears 0-0-0
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Houston Texans 0-0-0


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Speaking of Bill Clinton. Every week leading up to the College Football Playoff we will have Bill Clinton's College Football Playoff where Bill Clinton ranks the top 4 teams in College Football. This is the third year Bill Clinton has posted his College Football Playoff.


Bill Clinton's College Football Playoff Selection Special



  1. Alabama Crimson Tide

    Alabama is the defending Champion as Nick Saban is once again the biggest pimp in College Football.





  2. Clemson Tigers

    At #2 we have the Clemson Tigers. Clemson was the runner up in 2015 and they will give opponents hell in 2016.





  3. Michigan Wolverines

    Jim Harbaugh is ready to cheat his way to a Big 10 Championship thanks to his satellite cameras. Jabrill Peppers knows how to spice up a defense.





  4. Oklahoma Sooners

    Oklahoma was the 4 seed in 2015. The Sooners have a lot of starters back, but probably need a perfect season to return to the College Football Playoff.






Why the Chicago Bears Will Win: I'm not sure how the Chicago Bears can win this game. I feel like the Texans are a lock to win with or without J.J. Watt.


Why the Houston Texans Will Win: Houston seems like a lock to win this game. Brock Osweiler will find a way to get running back Lamar Miller and wide receiver Will Fuller involved as they compliment DeAndre Hopkins.


Prediction: Houston enters as a 4.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $180 dollars, the maximum bet is $215 dollars with the average gambler betting around $200 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44 points. I like the Texans in a blowout and I am taking the under.


Final Score Texans 31 Bears 10





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Green Bay Packers 0-0-0
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Jacksonville Jaguars 0-0-0


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Why the Green Bay Packers Will Win: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has receivers like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb that he can throw to. Jacksonville has a good secondary with Prince Amukamara, Jalen Ramsey, Jonathan Cyprien, and Tashaun Gipson. Rodgers will expose this defense even if he manages to have an early turnover against an upcoming defense that will be fun to watch in 2016.


Clay Matthews should be able to get by left tackle Kelvin Beachum and Julius Peppers should have an advantage over Jeremy Parnell at right tackle. Blake Bortles won't have a lot of time to make the right reads.


Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Will Win: Blake Bortles is ready to take that next step. He may not get a lot of time in the pocket, but Bortles will still move the chains with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Green Bay had one of the worst run defenses in 2015 so the running back tandem of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon needs to be effective on the ground.


Prediction: Green Bay enters as a 4.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $180 dollars, the maximum bet is $210 dollars with the average gambler betting around $195 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 48 points. I like the Packers in a high scoring affair where they win and cover.


Final Score Packers 38 Jaguars 31





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Why the Miami Dolphins Will Win: Miami is much better offensively. Especially with Adam Gase taking the helm. Their defense still has some holes on the secondary though and that's why Seattle will win.


Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Win: It's hard not to like the Legion Of Boom against Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker. Jordan Cameron has been awful this preseason so Kam Chancellor or Earl Thomas can help Richard Sherman or DeShawn Shead double team Jarvis Landry forcing Parker to step up on offense for Miami.


Prediction: Seattle enters as a 10.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $425 dollars, the maximum bet is $550 dollars with the average gambler betting around $500 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44 points. I had Seattle winning by 10 which would have gave them the win on the spread because they were favored by 8 points over Miami back in June. Now Seattle is favored by 10.5 so the Dolphins barely cover the spread. I have both teams getting 44 points combined so the over or under will result in a push.


Final Score Seahawks 27 Dolphins 17





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New York Giants 0-0-0
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The Dallas Cowboys still have a winning record of 16-15 under Bill Lumbergh even after the Cowboys 4-12 season. Lumbergh went 12-3 after taking over for Stephen Jones following the week 1 loss to the 49ers back in 2014. Dallas is 17-16 under Lumbergh if you count the 2 2015 NFL Playoff games the Cowboys were in. Lumbergh now has to give Coach Garrett advice while dealing with more suspensions than he's used to. If Lumbergh cannot maintain a winning record after year 3, I am open to making a new fictional character the Cowboys GM.




Here is this weeks advice from Bill Lumbergh.

Hey Dak Prescott. What's happening? If you can get your first career passing and rushing touchdown while giving Ezekiel Elliott a rushing touchdown in our victory against the Giants, that would be great.



Why the New York Giants Will Win: Eli Manning has Odell Beckham Jr., a healthy Victor Cruz, and a possible rookie standout in Sterling Shephard at wide receiver. Dallas has seen their cornerbacks decline in 2016 outside of Byron Jones, and even he will need a year to adjust to a #1 cornerback role. It's not just that, the Giants have vivid memories of blowing this game in week 1 when they had less talent than Dallas. Now the Giants have more talent so there are no excuses especially when you consider how depleted Dallas is to start the season.


Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win: Dak Prescott will be motivated to play better than people think. I really do believe that this is going to be Dak's team from this point forward. Even if Romo comes back, the players will respond to Dak and Romo will get shipped like Bledsoe did ten years ago.


I like Prescott, but this Giants defnse did an awesome job retooling through Free Agency this offseason. Having pass rushers like Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul while Damon Harrison and Jonathan Hankins play defensive tackle. Keenan Robinson can play middle linebacker. Janoris Jenkins is replacing Prince Amukamara so this defense appears to be a lot better.


Dallas has a very good offensive line with Tyron Smith at left tackle, La'El Colins at left guard, Travis Frederick at center, Zack Martin at right guard, and Doug Free at right tackle. Dez Bryant will be back at wide receiver and should open things up for Terrance Williams, slot receiver Cole Beasley, and tight end Jason Witten. The bottom line is, as long as Dak Prescott avoids turnovers, Dallas will make this a shootout.


Prediction: The Cowboys were favored by 3.5 ,but now there is no line and this game is basically a pick em game. The minimum and maximum bet on this game is $110 dollars. The over or under is 47.5 points so I will say the over occurs in week 1.


Final Score Giants 31 Cowboys 28





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Last year we had the Obamacare Fantasy Football League where Stephen Colbert will break down the games each week. This year we have the Bantle Fantasy Football league where Colbert will give his two cents on Fantasy Football moves.




Stephen Colbert: Nation, Season 1 of the Bantle Fantasy Football League is now in the books.


My producer from the Colbert Report named Jim managing Jimmy's Fantasy Team won it all last year. Yahoo projected Jim to have the best team in the league, and my executive Producer Jimmy Dicken won the first Bantle Bowl. The Bantle Fantasy Football League enters its 14th Season, but the big question is who wins the Second Bantle Bowl in 2016.


Jim has to be one of the favorites to repeat after using keepers on Julio Jones and Allen Robinson, re-creating a similar team from last season re-drafting Eli Manning at quarterback. Jason Bantle, who manages The Chosen Ones has a potent team with Cam Newton, Todd Gurley, David Johnson, LeSean McCoy, and Jarvis Landry. He lost Tom Brady, Odell Beckham Jr., Amari Cooper, and Rob Gronkowski,


Tom Brady is now a backup on Anti-Bantle, Taco Corp took Odell Beckham Jr. second overall, and Rob Gronkowski joined the Avengers before inviting Marvel's Superheroes on his private cruise. Rob Gronkowski took the Avengers to visit the Aaron Hernandez Institute Of Technology Swamp Prison. It's a prison inside a swamp folks. It's deadly stuff nation. This lethal Swamp Prison is in the Carrabean's while you go party on the magic Gronk Cruise.


Car RamRod picked up Amari Cooper and used a keeper on him. The other addition Car RamRod made was using a keeper on T.J. Yeldon. Andrew Kermish drafted Dez Bryant in the first round for the second year in a row, but did not use a keeper on Bryant.


Hobo Jungle had an All Star team from last year with Andrew Luck, Le'Veon Bell, Justin Forsett, Andre Ellington, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Julian Edelman, Jason Witten, and the Texans defense. Hobo Jungle also had Larry Fitzgerald and Devonte Freeman as backups.


That didn't matter though since Jimmy defeated Hobo Jungle inthe playoffs. Hobo Jungle has Le'Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman, and Adrian Peterson at running back. With Bell being suspended for 4 games and Adrian Peterson having to carry this offense without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Hobo Jungle's backfield could struggle. Travis Kelce is replacing Witten at tight end, but Witten is still a backup. Having both the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs defenses helps and Justin Tucker is back at kicker. I'm not sure if Jameis Winston or Blake Bortles will start, but that's certainly an intriguing quarterback combo.


I'm not sure why Andrew Luck and his Stanford beard is still the logo for Hobo Jungle. Taco Corp drafted Luck this year and traded the keeper they used on Winston to Hobo Jungle to get Tyler Lockett another player that was on Hobo Jungle in 2015.


Heath's Dandy Team is now H.B.'s Vinegar Strokes. Heath Berman took a page from Mitch Pabst who went from Mitch's Perfect Team to Brees Nutz by renaming and rebranding his Fantasy Team.


Stolty's Stars drafted her Packers team once again. Jimmy faces Hobo Jungle in a week 1 rematch after both owners got 141 points in their playoff game. We'll see if Jimmy can defend his title or if Hobo Jungle can sweep Jimmy again during the 2016 Regular Season, but we all know that means squat unless Mr. Ransom can deliver in the playoffs.. We'll be back with scores and updates in week 2.


Why the Detroit Lions Will Win: Detroit can win if right end Ziggy Ansah gets by left tackle Anthony Costanzo. Left end Devin Taylor may break out and he needs to in order for the Lions to win with the Colts having some questions at right tackle.


Why the Indianapolis Colts Will Win: The Colts have a potent offense with Andrew Luck and company. T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Dwayne Allen will create opportunities. Frank Gore may end up with 100 rushing yards against this run defense.


Prediction: Indianapolis enters as a 4 point favorite. The minimum bet is $175 dollars, the maximum bet is $210 dollars with the average gambler betting around $200 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 51.5 points. I like the Colts to win by two touchdowns and I plan on taking the over.


Final Score Colts 37 Lions 23





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New England Patriots 0-0-0
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@CockyBelichick is my favorite Twitter user of all time. His twitter feed is that epic. He always inserts the #kisstherings hashtag and it is badass. I'm going to post his 5 best tweets on our site every week like David Letterman does with his top 10 jokes until the owner of this twitter feed requests I take them down because his tweets are that epic. I did this last year and plan on doing it once again in 2016. Let's start with the top 5 Tweets from the 2016 Offseason.



I cannot wait for Horrible Bosses 3 with Jimmy Garoppolo. The question is will he get revenge on Brady, you, or Goodell. Stay tuned.




Gotta Catch Em All. Pokemon.




Don't talk about Lord Stanley like that. Fucking asshole. Cannot believe I called my favorite Twitter user an asshole.




I do think they will get rid of kick offs. It won't be due to the Patriots.




Bill Belichick VS LeBron James on Judge Judy. A future idea for NFL Big Brother. New England plays Cleveland in week 5 so save it for then.



Why the New England Patriots Will Win: New England has a chance if Jimmy Garoppolo can play turnover free football during Tom Brady's 4-game suspension. I think Arizona has to be favored in this contest with or without Brady.


Why the Arizona Cardinals Will Win: Arizona should dominate in this game. Chandler Jones wants to show why Bill Belichick made the wrong decision in trading him. Marcus Cannon is starting for Sebastian Volmer at right tackle and Dion Lewis is out at running back.


Prediction: Arizona enters as a 5.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $210 dollars, the maximum bet is $250 dollars with the average gambler betting around $230 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47.5 points. I like the Cardinals and the over.


Final Score Cardinals 35 Patriots 21





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Pittsburgh Steelers 0-0-0
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Washington Redskins 0-0-0


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I just cannot stand ESPN's Monday Night Football Coverage. Monday Night Football On KDKA is back with Bob Pompieni, Mark Madden, and Andrew Filiponi. Since there are two Monday Night Games in Week 1 you get to hear two different versions of Monday Night Football on KDKA.


Pompieni: Welcome to Monday Night Football. Bob Pompieni along with Mark Madden and Andrew Filiponi covering ESPN Monday Night Football on KDKA from FedEx Field. Mark what are your thoughts on this game?

Madden: The Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger, but we don't have Le'Veon Bell at running back, Martavis Bryant is suspended for the year and LaDarius Green is out for the first six games with an injury. Pittsburgh is going to have to figure out how to win the time of possession battle without those players.

Filiponi: Bravo Mark. That's the first intelligent thing you said.

Madden: I reported the Le'Veon bell story about him refusing to take a drug test and you guys didn't believe me.

Filiponi: So far you are 2/2, but you will drop the ball any minute.

Madden: Of course I'm gonna drop the ball. We have to beat Washington and keep those Redskins out of Rivers Casino. Those Greedy savages especially Kirk Cousins he's the worst.

Pompieni: The Washington Redskins don't run Rivers Casino. Quit the stereotypes and tell me who wins tonight.

Madden: I like Pittsburgh. I'm amazed you kept your cool after my last comment. That was really impressive Bob.

Pompieni: Tonights game is sponsored by Hillary Clinton ads. Her campaign paid us more money during the upcoming election.

Madden: No, Tonights game will feature Donald Trump ads. How can I make Donald Trump look like Jesus Christ?

Filiponi: You can't. Even if you say something offensive it will be peanuts compared to what Trump says.

Pompieni: Exactly. We'll be back with kickoff after we torture you with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump political ads. We're only doing this because its an election year.



Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Win: The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have to rely on Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Brown dropped over 200 receiving yards on Josh Norman last time he faced him in Carolina on Sunday Night Football. Norman got off to a slow start in Training Camp, but picked things up late in the preseason.


Why the Washington Redskins Will Win: Pittsburgh will keep Matt Jones to under 100 rushing yards. Washington's offensive line is completely healthy. Even if Washington loses they can get 20 to 30 points on Pittsburgh if they can avoid turnovers.


Prediction: Pittsburgh enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $150 dollars, the maximum bet is $170 dollars with the average gambler betting around $160 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 50.5 points. I am taking Pittsburgh to win and barely cover the points spread. I am taking the over in this game.


Final Score Steelers 35 Redskins 31





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Los Angeles Rams 0-0-0
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San Francisco 49ers 0-0-0


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I just cannot stand ESPN's Monday Night Football Coverage. Monday Night Football On KDKA is back with Bob Pompieni, Mark Madden, and Andrew Filiponi. Since there are two Monday Night Games in Week 1 you get to hear two different versions of Monday Night Football on KDKA.


Pompieni: Welcome to Monday Night Football. Bob Pompieni along with Mark Madden and Andrew Filiponi covering ESPN Monday Night Football on KDKA at Levi's Stadium. Mark what are your thoughts on this game?

Madden: Colin Kaepernick didn't stand during the National Anthem. He certainly has a motive.

Filiponi: There is something called the first amendment. Ever hear of it?

Pompieni: That's right Andrew. Tell us who you think will win tonight.

Filiponi: Both teams don't know who will start at quarterback. Los Angeles has the better defense.

Madden: Kaepernick is a traitor to America. Taking the Rams is the logical choice.

Pompieni: Tonights game is sponsored by Levi's. The official jeans of the San Francisco 49ers. We'll be back with kickoff after this.

Why the Los Angeles Rams Will Win: The Rams have Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, and Aaron Donald on their defensive line. Los Angeles has the defensive tackles to stop the run.


Why the San Francisco 49ers Will Win: It's uncertain if Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick starts. Aaron Lynch who led the 49ers in sacks in 2015 is suspended for the first four games.


Prediction: Los Angeles enters as a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $120 dollars, the maximum bet is $140 dollars with the average gambler betting around $130 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5 points. I like the Rams to win and cover this game as I will take the under.


Final Score Rams 17 49ers 7





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