Football fan rejoice, the NFL season is upon us once again! This is the first installment of “Call Your Shot” where we will take a look every week at each game and predict a winner. Buckle your seat belts folks, here we go.
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Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
This game features the defending champs at home against the Chiefs. The Patriots are still facing the big loss of Julian Edelman, but New England always seems to find a way. The Chiefs will be featuring a very similar team to last year, along with rookie Kareem Hunt in the backfield. I think that the Pats offense will get off to a slow start, but figure things out along the way. The Chiefs have the opportunity to make it a good game with big plays on defense and special teams like they did for much of last season. However, I am going to give this one to the Patriots.
Patriots win 31-21
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
Two New York rivals square off in this matchup. The Jets will be led by Josh McCown at quarterback this season, a decision that was not made until very recently. The Bills offense lacks weapons outside of running back LeSean McCoy. However, against a weak Jets team, McCoy will likely be enough for the Bills to come out with a victory.
Bills win 24-7
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
One of the biggest question marks in front of this game is where it will be played. Will the Texans stadium be suitable? Will Jacksonville’s be if Houston’s is not? These questions will be answered closer to game day, but what is not in question is who is favored in this matchup. The Texans are the better team here and should come out with the win. The Jaguars are a young team with too big of a question mark at quarterback to bet on.
Texans win 24-10
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
Yet another division rivalry matchup takes place in week one. The Browns are a team that seems to be trending up under coach Hue Jackson, but they are a long way from being a legitimate threat to a team like the Steelers. With LeVeon Bell back from a holdout and all of their weapons in place, look for a big performance from the Steelers.
Steelers win 38-3
Arizona Cardinals @ Detroit Lions
This is a matchup of two very different teams in week one. The Cardinals look to be led by running back David Johnson, while the Lions will be led by quarterback Matthew Stafford and his huge extension. Nonetheless, I think this game will come down the wire. Given that the Lions are playing at home, I give this one to Detroit.
Lions win 28-24
Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears
The Falcons look to rebound in their first game action since their Super Bowl collapse, they will get their chance against the Bears. The game is set to take place in Chicago. The Falcons will be pushing hard, trying to prove that they have worked in the offseason to overcome the worst choke in football history. Nonetheless, I believe this will be their downfall and the Bears will steal a win at home.
Bears win 17-14
Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans
The Raiders take on the Titans in a matchup of two potential AFC division title winners. I believe that Derek Carr will come back looking as strong as ever and take down Mariota and the Titans in a defensive battle.
Raiders win 13-7
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Ravens face off with the Bengals in a week one AFC North matchup. The Ravens have seriously struggled in recent years on both sides of the ball. However, the Bengals had a down year last year as well. I believe that rookie running back Joe Mixon, while listed third on the depth chart, will emerge a hero for the Bengals.
Bengals win 17-10
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
An NFC East rivalry matchup to kick off the year. I believe the Redskins will struggle mightily without the presence of Sean McVay. The Eagles seem primed to improve with a more experienced Carson Wentz. The Eagles take this one in D.C.
Eagles win 27-13
Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Rams
The Colts travel out to LA for a week one matchup with the Rams. Andrew Luck will not play, leaving Scott Tolzien to start for the Colts. Even with the uncertainty of the Aaron Donald situation, I believe the Rams can beat the Luck-less Colts easily.
Rams win 24-10
Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers
The Panthers travel to Cali to take on the Niners in week one. Cam Newton looks to lead his team to a bounce back season along with rookie weapon Christian McCaffrey. The Niners are rebuilding under a new head coach and general manager. The Panthers take this one without much of a struggle.
Panthers win 31-10
Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers
In the return of Eddie Lacy to Green Bay, the Seahawks face the Packers. This game will be a battle to the final whistle. The strength of both teams is their quarterbacks and their passing games. This game will be a fun one to watch, as a lot of points will likely be scored. Ultimately, the Packers win at home.
Packers win 38-31
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
One of the best rivalries in football is on display Sunday Night in week one. The Cowboys, with Ezekiel Elliot, will take on the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. Hopefully, this game lives up to its primetime slot. Look out for some big plays by a star-studded Giants receiving corps that push them to victory.
Giants win 24-17
New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings
The Saints take on the Vikings in the first Monday Night Football game of week one. Adrian Peterson returns home to Minnesota in a Saints uniform. However, look for new Vikings running back Dalvin Cook to steal the show and burst onto the scene. Cook will lead his team to the victory.
Vikings win 24-14
Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos
The Chargers first game will not be at their new home in LA, it will be in Denver. The Broncos look to reattain their elite status, even after losing defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. The Chargers are looking to make their new fan base proud, and I think they will succeed.
Chargers win 21-10
That concludes this weeks edition of “Call Your Shot”. Feel free to reach out on twitter and let me know what you think about my predictions. Until next week, football fans.