This will be a recurring theme in these articles: a halftime break where I include some music, along with my picks for the other NFL games.
Today's song: Halftime by Nas off his classic Illmatic album.
Lines courtesy of Bovoda on Yahoo Sports.
Home teams are in caps.
Baltimore (+7.5) over DENVER
Denver lost to the Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoffs due to their secondary, lack of running game and John Fox.
None of that has changed, and their front-line defense has only gotten worse. While I'm not a believer in the Ravens this season, I do expect to see them get the win over Denver to open the season.
PITTSBURGH (-7) over Tennessee
This is a Steelers team with a lot of questions on both sides of the ball, but you don't necessarily have to answer those questions just yet to beat the Titans.
New England (n/a) over BUFFALO
There's no line yet according to Bovada (other sites list the Patriots as favored anywhere between nine and 10.5) due to not knowing who the Bills quarterback will be.
Does it really matter though?
Atlanta (+3) over NEW ORLEANS
This game will be decided by fewer than three points. Both teams are too even, with Atlanta having a slight edge due to a slightly better defense.
NEW YORK JETS (+3) over Tampa Bay
I don't like the Buccaneers any more than I like the Jets. If anything, I could see the Jets turning in an upset in Week 1 and uplifting everyone's hopes.
After that, don't expect the Jets to win anymore for a while. This pick is more about how I feel about the Buccaneers (which will flop due to being overrated and undisciplined) than how I feel about the Jets.
Seattle (-3) over CAROLINA
This will probably be the most fun game to watch on Sunday afternoon. I expect a shootout, with Seattle prevailing in the end.
Miami (+1) over CLEVELAND
I'm explaining the reasons in this piece and will give you my score prediction at the end.
Kansas City (-3) over JACKSONVILLE
Anyone outside of Kansas City really interested in this game?
Minnesota (+5.5) over DETROIT
I know everyone expects the Vikings to regress, but they still have Adrian Peterson whereas the Lions defense still concerns me plenty. That point spread just feels a tad too high.
Cincinnati (+3) over CHICAGO
The Bears' offensive line still resembles Swiss Cheese, the Bengals defensive line is one of the best in the game.
ST. LOUIS (-4.5) over Arizona
I went back and forth over this game simply because St. Louis has the same over-hyped sticker that Tampa Bay seems to have, however they are at home for this game, so they should pull out a win.
Green Bay (+4.5) over SAN FRANCISCO
I actually think the 49ers win this game outright, but the Packers will keep it closer than they were able to in their last two meetings.
DALLAS (-3) over New York Giants
The Cowboys will prevail over the Giants at home for the first time since they opened Jerry's World.
Philadelphia (+3) over WASHINGTON
The Eagles offense can cause enough confusion to pull this one out and start off the season hot before the rest of the NFL catches up to it. While the 'Skins are the better team that will have the better record, for this game, I see the Eagles pulling it off.
Houston (-3.5) over SAN DIEGO
Expect Houston to repeat their opening day performance from last year against the Dolphins. There will be turnovers, there will be sacks, and 3.5 points is way too low of a line here.