2010 NFL Season: Surprises Plus Predictions For Every Week 1 Game

Spencer TucksenSenior Writer ISeptember 11, 2010

2010 NFL Season: Surprises Plus Predictions For Every Week 1 Game

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    Hello everybody! Welcome to the 2010 NFL season!

    Everyone is excited to get their team's game going. Every team from the Browns to the Steelers to the Jets to the Patriots are going to play this weekend.

    Every game will most likely hold a surprise within and I have taken the liberty of detailing at least one for every one of your team's games!

    Now, enough with all of the small talk and let's get on with the article!

Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    This is a game that is very underrated. Many thought the same of the Lions/Browns game from last year. I have a feeling this is a high scoring affair between two fairly weak defenses.

    Surprise:

    I see Peyton Hillis running for 125 yards (and Andre Davis running for 75) and three touchdowns between them. The line is very good, and the Buccaneers' defense is suspect, to say the least.

    I also think that Harrison will be hurt during most of the game but return near the end. That is why those two running backs will excel.

    McCoy is a nice addition and Barrett Ruud is probably one of the top four linebackers in the NFL, but that is not enough.

     

    Prediction:

    The Buccaneers' secondary is actually quite good and very underrated. They also have great hands throughout the group. I predict two Jake Delhomme interceptions, to one touchdown.

    I also think that the Browns defense has greatly improved across the board. I see Freeman throwing an interception and no touchdowns. He does not have very good awareness and has a tendency to make mistakes. I see this game being no different.

    Browns win: 34-13

    I also see Raheem Morris being fired by week 10. I have a feeling about this one.

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams

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    The Cardinals lost two of their most important players this off-season in Kurt Warner and Karlos Dansby. Can the Rams capitalize?

    Surprise:

    Beanie Wells has a career rushing day against the lowly Rams. The Cardinals will have to run more often with Derek Anderson being head quarterback at the moment. You also can not deny Wells' potential and his bruiser mentality. I see him breaking past 125 yards on the season as well as Peyton Hillis.

    I have a feeling he catches four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown as well, bring him to a total of three on the day.

     

    Prediction:

    I think that Derek Anderson has a mediocre game, but with one deep touchdown to Steve Breaston. Not Fitzgerald, since he will be covered more than ever with Boldin gone. Breaston and Wells get a touchdown a piece.

    I do see the Rams running fairly well on the Cardinals with Dansby gone, but Adrian Wilson is still an amazing player and will protect the game for the Cardinals. No blowout here, with Bradford throwing two touchdowns, with one being to Steven Jackson.

    Cardinals win: 28-21

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

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    Many have felt the Dolphins are one of the more underrated teams in the NFL. I feel just the opposite, but can the Bills prove me right, or will the Dolphins sort of hush their doubters?

    Surprise:

    CJ Spiller has fewer than two yards per carry while Fred Jackson flourishes.

    Many of you think I am just being a man of the running backs, but these three games will have a LOT of rushing. Especially this one. It won't surprise anyone that Ricky Williams earn 100 yards and Ronnie Brown most likely does the same.

    What will surprise people is knowing that Fred Jackson set the fifth all-time benchmark for all-purpose yards in one season. He had more than 2,500 yards last year with the Bills' awful passing game and terrible line. He did this all while sharing carries as well, yet the Bills still drafted a running back in the first.

    THAT should have been more of a surprise.

     

    Prediction:

    Despite the Bills' best efforts, their defense is still horrible. I do see them getting one pick out of Henne, who has a tendency to make mistakes like Freeman. Most likely Byrd, but if not him, then Terrence McGee.

    Henne throws for one touchdown and one interception, while the Dolphins run all over Buffalo.

    Dolphins win: 27-14

Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Can Kyle Orton make it without Brandon Marshall, and will Maurice Jones-Drew be able to outrun the Broncos?

    Surprise:

    Maurice Jones-Drew has fewer than 50 yards, but David Garrard has 275 yards passing with three touchdowns.

    I feel that if not for being picked by one of the worst teams imaginable, Garrard would be among the greatest of all time. He has shown to be accurate throughout his career. He is very elusive. He has NEVER had a decent set of receivers or an offensive line.

    But, he has never complained and has even had very good season with no one around him.

    MJD, however, has always produced, but this is a game that will literally kill fantasy owners. While I don't think the Broncos will be consistent through the season, I have a feeling that McDaniels will have a pleasant week one.

     

    Prediction:

    I predict complete and total dominance on the offense for these two teams. I am not a Bronco fan, but they will tear the Jags run game apart come Sunday.

    Moreno will have 80 yards and one touchdown, while Orton has a field day earning 300 yards and two touchdowns of his own.

    Broncos win: 27-21

Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders

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    Can Chris Johnson run all over the Raiders and can Jason Campbell show his skill against the Titans?

    Surprise:

    Chris Johnson will run for fewer than 100 yards.

    The Raiders have become quite possibly the most talented team in the NFL. They play with a tenacity and a need to prove all of their doubters wrong. I think it will show against the Titans.

    Their defense has improved quite a bit overall, and Tyvon Branch is a very good safety in the box. I believe he has the acceleration and short distance speed to get to Chris Johnson before he can break any big runs.

    I also feel that Rolando McClain is going to be a great asset to the Raiders for a very long time. He has great potential.

     

    Prediction:

     

    The Raiders have improved immensely on both sides of the ball while the Titans have gotten worse since 08. Their defense has gotten less impressive and their pass defense allowed a lot of points last year.

    I predict Jason Campbell having 250 yards and two touchdowns in a fairly low scoring game.

    Raiders win: 14-13

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

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    Can Matthew Stafford lead the Lions over Jay Cutler's bears?

    Surprise:

    Jay Cutler throws for 350 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.

    Jay Cutler has the potential to be truly successful as an elite quarterback. The only things holding him back have been his lack of defensive help and offensive line woes.

    Last year Jay had trouble with decision making, since he forced balls where they shouldn't have gone. But, he almost always had to play from behind since the Bears defense was unspectacular.

    The Lions are a team on the up and are very much improved, but despite all of the love for them, their secondary is still mediocre at best.

     

    Prediction:

     

    Delmas will have an interception, but that will be jt about the only thing that goes the way of the Lions in this game.

    I think Calvin Johnson has a very good game with more than 100 yards and a touchdown, but no one else will play all that great.

    Stafford will throw an interception. The running game won't be able to go. The defense will be dominated.

    The Bears will run and pass extremely well and will most likely pass more than anything.

    I predict Devin Hester has a career game of 125 yards and a touchdown as well as Forte having 80 yards and a touchdown of his own.

    Bears win: 38-17

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

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    Can Phillip Rivers show he can succeed without Ladainian Tomlinson, Jackson, and McNeill?

    Surprise:

    No, he can not. This is going to be one of those games where people realize that Rivers has been helped quite a bit by the players around him throughout his entire career.

    The defense is still good, so they will most likely win, but their offense won't be the greatest it has been.

    I say he throws an interception to Brandon Flowers.

     

    Predictions:

     

    The Chiefs' running game is fantastic and they have a few decent receivers. I just don't know if running the ball to win will work against the Chargers. Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles are both great back, but can they put up enough points?

    I doubt it.

    The Chargers will win this game comfortably, as everyone expects. I just feel that their offense will be less stellar than many expected.

    Chargers win: 24-9

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

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    Will Taylor Mays get back at his old coach Pete Carroll for not drafting him?

    Surprise:

    Simply...yes. He will. He will have an excellent game with six tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble.

    Many were down on Taylor Mays coming into the draft, but I felt for his skill. He is a truly gifted athlete and has a great desire to improve in all facets of the game. The Seahawks offense won't be spectacular over this excellent Mike Singletary defense.

     

    Prediction:

     

    The Seahawks will be able to run well enough with Justin Forsett and Leon Washington, but their passing game will not be able to, for lack of a better term, get off the ground.

    The 49ers will play smashmouth offense and the defense will stop the Seahawks in their tracks.

    Frank Gore will have 100 yards and a touchdown, as will Michael Crabtree.

    I also predict Patrick Willis returns an interception for a touchdown.

    49ers win: 17-13

Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Can Dennis Dixon play well enough to make Roethlisberger an afterthought? Can Michael Turner overcome the Steelers' fantastic rush defense?

    Surprise:

    Dixon throws for 275 yards and three touchdowns. One to Wallace, one to Sanders, and one to Miller. The Steelers trust Dixon to perform well enough to lead them over the Falcons , but will not see this coming.

    The Falcons rush defense was good last year, but I have a feeling that is the only thing they will be able to work.

     

    Prediction:

    Mendenhall runs for 125 and one touchdown. He makes his Fantasy owners happy, in a rout of the Atlanta Falcons

    Michael Turner will not be able to run against the Steelers, returning to 2008 form. Matt Ryan has also shown he can not pass well without Turner doing all of the heavy lifting.

    I see Matt Ryan throwing for one interception, to Ike Taylor, of all people.

    The Steelers completely shut down the Falcons offense for the win.

    Steelers win: 28-13

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants

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    Can the Panthers' amazing rush offense defeat the Giants and their good rush defense?

    Surprise:

    Yes, they can. People still think the Giants are amazing from a few years ago, but have not shown that performance since then. They have become less successful, while the Panthers have two top ten running backs.

    I feel that if they played for different teams, both Deangelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart could be in the top five. I would have no problem making that decision.

    Deangelo is ridiculously quick, while Johnathan Stewart is very fast for a bruiser. I see the Panthers completely running the Giants into the ground again.

     

    Prediction:

    The Panthers rush for 300 yards against the Giants, while passing for 150.

    The Giants will not be able to move the ball well on the Panthers, since their pass defense is so great. The Giants won't be able to run all that well, as long as Jon Beason is still playing for the team.

    Eli throws an interception to Gamble, and fumbles a touchdown away to Jon Beason.

Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles

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    Can Aaron Rodgers live up to his billing as one of the elite, and can Kevin Kolb prove all of his doubters wrong?

    Surprise:

    Philadelphia defense gives up 525 yards to Rodgers and Grant. The Eagles defense has been good for a very long time, but the Packers' offense will be literally unstoppable.

    They pick their poison. Shut down Rodgers passing game (as much as possible) and let Grant run all over you. Or they can shut down Grant and watch as Rodgers dominates.

     

    Prediction:

    They will pick the latter and Rodgers will have a 400 yard game with FIVE touchdowns. Jennings will snag two, while Driver, Finley, and Grant each get one of their own.

    Grant will have a 90 yard game with one touchdown. I see the Packers score being upwards of where it was in the last important game they played.

    Kevin Kolb will throw two interceptions and there will be two fumbles, one by DeSean Jackson and the other by McCoy.

    Packers win: 49-21

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

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    Can Peyton Manning lead the Colts over the Houston Texans? Can Matt Schaub prove he is a legitimate quarterback?

     

    Surprise:

    In short....yes and no. Peyton will be Peyton with a 300 yard game. Missing Dunta Robinson will cripple the Texans pass defense, despite how good Pollard is.

    Schaub is not as legit as people make him out to be. He is a product of his receivers. Andre Johnson is the best in the NFL and Kevin Walter has some of the surest hands you can get in a backup.

     

    Prediction:

     

    Peyton Maning dominates the Texans weak secondary giving Garcon two touchowns.

    The Texans will lose. Ignore what you have heard from everybody else. The Texans WILL lose. The Colts are overrated and their defense is suspect to me. Dwight Freeney is the most overrated defensive player except for Darrelle Revis.

    But, the Texans will not be able to do what they want to the Colts...at all.

    Colts win: 31-17

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

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    Can the Cowboys or Washington Redskins live up to the hype?

    Surprise:

    The Redskins can not do it without McNabb. The offense won't be good enough to score against the Cowboys, and the defense will not be able to slow them.

    Yes, this is a surprise. I have heard a lot of rumbling from people that the Cowboys are the most overrated team in the NFC and the Redskins are darkhorse candidates to out-perform the 'Boys.

    The fact of the matter is that that is not possible.

    The Cowboys' rushing offense is great and Tony Romo is a top ten QB. Probably seventh or so if I had to rank them. Their defense is great as well, and Ware is a beast.

     

    Prediction:

    Assuming McNabb isn't playing the game, the Cowboys completely dominate. If he doesn't the Cowboys kind of dominate.

    This is a no way out situation for the Redskins.

    Their defense is suspect outside of Orakpo and London Fletcher. LaRon Landry is good, but they won't be enough to prevent the Cowboys from scoring hard.

    Cowboys win: 35-20

Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots

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    Can the Patriots succeed without Welker and can the Bengals show they deserve the hype?

    Surprise:

    The Bengals will lose. The Bengals will be exposed for the team no one realized they are.

    I am a man who has always despised the Patriots. I probably despise them more than the Ravens, but credit is due where credit is due.

    Tom Brady is still playing. Randy Moss is still in. The Patriots improved their defense quite a bit from a year ago.

    They really have a lot going for them this year. Also, we saw that Edelman is an excellent slot receiver and good enough Welker replacement for the short term.

    Palmer has not been the same since his injury and Cedric Benson has a long history of having mediocre seasons with 3.5 yards per carry or so.

     

    Prediction:

     

    The Patriots pull out a fairly close game. Palmer throws an interception and Cedric Benson has the game-losing fumble with 1:30 left in the game.

    Edelman will have a great day with 10 or so catches and 150 yards. A touchdown can be added as well.

    Patriots win: 24-20

Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets

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    The final game of the list is also one of the most anticipated.

    Surprise:

    Mark Sanchez passes for 275 against the Ravens' atrocious secondary.

    The Ravens have been hit hard with injuries to their defensive backfield, and that is why I predict they lose at least five games this year. If not for that problem, they could have gotten 13 or more.

    Flacco is still in a great position with a great running back and a ton of receivers. Let's also not forget the fact that the offensive line is one of the top three in the NFL, outside of the right tackle situation.

    But, having said that, Mark Sanchez is another year older and has better receivers. He has Cotchery, an excellent chain mover. He has Braylon Edwards, the deep threat Pro Bowler, and Santonio Holmes. All of them are very good receivers who are reliable (not so much for Edwards) and can hurt a bad secondary.

    Predictions:

    If the Jets decided to run more, they will lose. Of they want to pass, they win. Sanchez will have that great game if they want to pass. I know it.

    The Ravens, however, will have a ton of trouble with the Jets number one ranked defense. Revis may be very overrated, but he is still a top three corner and will most likely be Boldin's shadow through the game.

    I think that the Ravens just won't be able to move the ball all that well in this game.

    Jets win: 20-13

The Conclusion

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    I may not get all of my predictions right, but there is one thing I do know. This is most definitely going to be a great weekend for football!

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