Week one of the National Football League will begin this Thursday night when the Minnesota Vikings take on the New Orleans Saints in a rematch of the NFC Championship game.
This game, along with many others in week one, will feature some intriguing match ups.
There are a variety of teams during the offseason/preseason who bolstered their lineups on both sides of the ball.
However, some of these teams were in the sports news for the majority of training came as well as the preseason and did not deserve the hype. Here are my five bold predictions for week one.
The Minnesota Vikings take on the New Orleans Thursday night in a rematch of the NFC Championship game a year ago.
This game will open the 2010 season, and fans as well as both sides were trash taking to each other since the game was released when the NFL schedules went out.
When Brett Favre officially announced his intent to return to the Vikings, discussions on the game grew.
Favre was knocked around in the NFC Championship game and threw a interception that cost them the game.
Some experts believe he will play with a chip on his shoulder and the main reason he came back this year was to defeat the Saints.
Sorry Brett, but this game will not be close. The Saints will throw up and down the field and wreck havoc on the Vikings quarterback all night.
This prediction is not necessarily bold, because the majority of America believes the Saints will win, but the dominant fashion in which they will do it will be impressive.
The Denver Broncos visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in week one and will not come away with a victory.
The entire offseason, fans and experts had to hear how great Tim Tebow is and how one day he will start in this league.
But, that will not help the Broncos this season. The Broncos lost Brandon Marshall at receiver and they do not have a productive running attack.
The Jaguars are a solid team, and they are playing at home. They finished 7-9 a year ago in a tough AFC South division. Maurice Jones-Drew will have a great game, boosting my fantasy draft points in the process.
The Indianapolis Colts travel to Houston in week one to take on the Texans.
There was not much hype with the Colts this preseason, but that is because there never is.
The Colts lost every game this preseason, but that is expected. They never win in the preseason, and then find themselves in the Super Bowl when it matters most.
They are one of the favorites in the AFC, along with the Jets and the Ravens.
But the Texans are a great football team. Their offense is absolutely explosive. The Texans will make a statement to start the season, and defeat the Colts at home.
When the playoffs begin, the Texans will be there. They are ready to take that leap into the next level of great NFL caliber teams.
It starts by defeating the reigning AFC Champs at home.
The Cincinnati Bengals travel to New England to take on the Patriots in week one.
The Bengals are getting the most hype this season. They signed Terrell Owens in the offseason.
There are many experts picking them to repeat as AFC North Champions. However, I am not one of those believers.
They are going to struggle. The Pats will not lose at home and are my pick to win the AFC East.
Brady will light up the Bengals defense, and the Pats will win at home.
The Baltimore Ravens will travel to New York to play the Jets to kick off the Monday night season.
The Jets are the buzz around the NFL. They have their own show on HBO called "Hard knocks." The Jets also signed a number of players and went to the AFC Championship game a year ago.
Many experts predict them as a Super Bowl caliber team. The Jets picked up LaDanian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes, Jason Taylor, as well as Antonio Cromartie from the Chargers.
However, with all this talent, the Jets will not be the great team experts are anticipating. Mark Sanchez cannot lead the Jets to the Super Bowl.
The Ravens are a stacked team, and will defeat the Jets going away. They have a solid receiving core with Todd Heap, Anquain Boldwin, and the newly acquired T.J. Houshmandzadeh who was released by the Seattle Seahawks.