NFL Predictions 2013: Teams That Will Have Big Offensive Performances in Week 1
By the end of Week 1, the Denver Broncos won't be the only NFL team to have put on a big offensive performance.
Peyton Manning had one of the greatest offensive performances in NFL history, with 462 passing yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions (more information on Manning's historic night at NFL.com). Several quarterbacks are looking to keep pace with Manning in Week 1.
A teams needs a great quarterback, talent at receiver and the right opponent in order to have an incredible offensive performance.
Here are predictions for the opening weekend, followed by a list of teams that are to sure to put up a lot of points in their openers.
|9/5||8:30 p.m.||Baltimore Ravens||Denver Broncos||Broncos|
|Date||Time (ET)||Away||Home||Predicted Winner|
|9/8||1 p.m.||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears||Bengals|
|9/8||1 p.m.||New England Patriots||Buffalo Bills||Patriots|
|9/8||1 p.m.||Miami Dolphins||Cleveland Browns||Dolphins|
|9/8||1 p.m.||Minnesota Vikings||Detroit Lions||Vikings|
|9/8||1 p.m.||Oakland Raiders||Indianapolis Colts||Colts|
|9/8||1 p.m.||Atlanta Falcons||New Orleans Saints||Falcons|
|9/8||1 p.m.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New York Jets||Buccaneers|
|9/8||1 p.m.||Tennessee Titans||Pittsburgh Steelers||Steelers|
|9/8||1 p.m.||Seattle Seahawks||Carolina Panthers||Seahawks|
|9/8||1 p.m.||Kansas City Chiefs||Jacksonville Jaguars||Chiefs|
|9/8||4:25 p.m.||Arizona Cardinals||St. Louis Rams||Cardinals|
|9/8||4:25 p.m.||Green Bay Packers||San Francisco 49ers||49ers|
|9/8||8:30 p.m.||New York Giants||Dallas Cowboys||Giants|
|9/9||7 p.m.||Philadelphia Eagles||Washington Redskins||Redskins|
|9/9||10:15 p.m.||Houston Texans||San Diego Chargers||Texans|
New England Patriots (at Buffalo Bills)
If there is any team in the NFL that is a lock to win its opener, it's the New England Patriots. They have haven't lost an opener since 2003, and their offense has been a big reason for that success.
New England has finished lower than eighth in points scored only once since 2004, and it has finished lower than fifth only once since 2007. A lot has changed in the offense in the last decade, but one thing has remained the same: Tom Brady.
No matter whom the Patriots have lost on offense, the quarterback has been there every year—with the exception of 2008, when he suffered a serious knee injury. Brady has thrown for at least 4,300 yards and 28 touchdowns in four his last five seasons, and he's thrown for more than 4,800 yards and 34 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
Wideout Danny Amendola signed with the team in the offseason, and Zach Sudfeld should see action at tight end. Brady has a some talent to work with, and he always gets the best out of his receivers.
The Patriots led the league with an average of 34.8 points per game, and the Bills ranked 26th in the NFL by allowing an average of 27.2 points per game. Buffalo allowed 89 points in two meetings last season, so look for Brady to put up more points.
Atlanta Falcons (at New Orleans Saints)
Matt Ryan had a breakout season, and the offense only got better in the offseason.
The former No. 3 overall pick threw for 4,719 yards and 32 touchdowns. He has one of the best receiving corps in the league, and he can spread the ball around.
Which team will score the most points in Week 1?
Roddy White had 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns on 92 receptions, and Julio Jones had 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns on 79 catches. Veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez added 930 yards and eight touchdowns on 93 receptions.
Running back Steven Jackson adds another dimension to this offense. He has run for more than 1,000 yards every year since his rookie season.
Not only is the offense loaded, but the Falcons are also facing a shaky defense. The Saints defense ranked 31st in points allowed and pass defense, and it ranked last in total defense and run defense. Those are all areas the Falcons can exploit.
The Falcons scored 26.2 points per game in 2012, which ranked sixth.
With the Falcons offense, the Saints defense and the Superdome, Atlanta is going to put up points in this game.
New Orleans Saints (vs. Atlanta Falcons)
The Falcons are going to put up points on a shaky defense, but the Saints are going to score because that's their game.
New Orleans put up the third-most points in the NFL last season and averaged 28.8 points per game. Atlanta allowed only 18.7 points per game, which was the fifth-best average in the league. New Orleans averaged 22 points in two meetings last season.
Quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 5,000 yards and at least 43 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons, and he has thrown for more than 4,300 yards in every season with New Orleans.
Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Robert Meachem are all familiar with Brees, so the offense should have a good flow. Running back Darren Sproles adds explosiveness out of the backfield.
New Orleans is nearly unstoppable at home. It averaged 31.8 points in the Superdome last season, and coach Sean Payton is back on the sidelines.
This game has the makings of a shootout, so it'll be fun to see which offense scores more.
*All information is courtesy of NFL.com
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