Week 1 of the 2013 NFL regular season is approaching fast. While the excitement surrounding the opening slate of games has most fans excited, those that support certain franchises will be once again forced to watch as their teams continue to falter after terrible seasons last year.
All of the following teams are guaranteed to take a loss to start the season, and the fans of each franchise should expect plenty more where that came from in 2013.
The Oakland Raiders are traveling to Indianapolis in Week 1 to square off with an extremely talented Colts team looking to build off a dream run in 2012. With the need for the Raiders to build the best possible roster to contend this year, Oakland looks to be starting Terrelle Pryor, per Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle:
The Chronicle has learned Terrelle Pryor is starting at quarterback for #Raiders Sunday, per couple of league sources. Not a big surprise.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 3, 2013
Oakland will make an effort to run the ball with star back Darren McFadden to cover for the passing inefficiencies, but with a non-existent air attack, the Indianapolis defense is going to stack the box against the Raiders.
While the Colts didn’t boast one of the better defenses in the league last season, the pass offense of Indianapolis (seventh in the NFL with 258 yards per game in 2012) will decimate the Raiders and put the entire team on its heels throughout this Week 1 matchup.
Oakland’s lack of an offensive line and elite secondary will ultimately lead to the team’s failure.
Prediction: Indianapolis 30, Oakland 13
The Andy Reid era in Kansas City will begin with a decisive beatdown on the Jacksonville Jaguars as the Chiefs make their way to Florida for Week 1.
Reid will have the stiff Chiefs' defense playing up to its talent level for the first time in years (six Pro Bowl players in 2012), and that will be bad news for a Jaguars offense still trying to find its rhythm through the preseason.
The biggest difference will be the improvements Kansas City made on offense and just how terrible Jacksonville is on the defensive side of the ball. In 2012, the Jaguars were ranked 22nd against the pass (239.5 yards per game) and 30th against the rush (141 yards per game).
Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles and quarterback Alex Smith are going to have a field day.
Prediction: Kansas City 27, Jacksonville 10
New York Jets
The New York Jets are in a tough position heading into the season with starting QB Mark Sanchez nursing a shoulder injury and rookie Geno Smith likely to start Week 1, but it only gets tougher when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to town.
Leading the Buccaneers charge into MetLife Stadium will be former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. After being traded from New York to Tampa Bay, the league’s top player at his position will make his return from knee surgery against his former team.
To say he will be playing aggressive will be an understatement.
Add in the focused offense attack of the Buccaneers featuring second-year running back Doug Martin and New York is ripe for the picking. While Tampa Bay isn’t a great team, it is far better than the product the Jets will put on the field this year.
Prediction: Tampa Bay 33, New York 17
|Date||Matchup||Predicted Winner||Time (ET)||TV|
|Thursday, Sept. 5||Baltimore at Denver||Denver Broncos||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||New England at Buffalo||New England Patriots||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Cincinnati at Chicago||Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Miami at Cleveland||Cleveland Browns||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Atlanta at New Orleans||Atlanta Falcons||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Tampa Bay at NY Jets||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Tennessee at Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh Steelers||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Minnesota at Detroit||Detroit Lions||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Oakland at Indianapolis||Indianapolis Colts||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Seattle at Carolina||Seattle Seahawks||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Kansas City at Jacksonville||Kansas City Chiefs||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Arizona at St. Louis||St. Louis Rams||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Green Bay at San Francisco||San Francisco 49ers||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||NY Giants at Dallas||New York Giants||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Monday, Sept. 9||Philadelphia at Washington||Philadelphia Eagles||7:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|Monday, Sept. 9||Houston at San Diego||Houston Texans||10:15 p.m.||ESPN|