Week One of the NFL is finally upon us. The Super Bowl champion Giants open the NFL season at home against Washington Redskins on Sept. 4. Brett Favre makes his debut for the Jets on Sunday, and Aaron Rodgers takes over the controls in Green Bay, on Monday Night Football, in front of a national audience.
Here are my Week One predictions (predicted winner in BOLD).
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
The champs hold off the Redskins in this close divisional matchup.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
This may be the only road victory for this dysfunctional group.
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins
Chad Pennington, the most accurate passer in NFL history, exacts his revenge on his old team.
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
This one isn't even close against a young Chiefs team. Patriots roll.
Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
I smell an upset in the Steel City. Houston will be a tough opponent for anyone this season. They'll show why on Sunday.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans
Jacksonville's a better team, and their defense will be too much to handle in this physical contest.
Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons
The Lions' offense will be the only unit in this game with any real NFL talent and experience. As an aside, you know you are bad when you have been cut from both of these teams in the past few years. I'm looking at you, Joey Harrington.
Seattle Seahawks @ Buffalo Bills
Seattle will win its division, but I like an improving Bills team to win their home opener.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
While the crowd won't be quite as raucous after this hurricane, an even-more explosive offense should give the Saints the advantage in this key NFC South contest in the Superdome.
St. Louis Rams @ Philadelphia Eagles
Brian Westbrook is back, and that spells trouble for a young Rams' defense.
Dallas Cowboys @ Cleveland Browns
Tony Romo will feast upon the Browns' defense all day long.
Carolina Panthers @ San Diego Chargers
If the Panthers' defense returns to its 2007 form, expect a big day from L.T. and Philip Rivers.
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers
I like the veteran Kurt Warner against a quarterback making his first career start in J.T. O'Sullivan.
Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts
Bob Sanders and Dwight Freeney are going to cause nightmares for Kyle Orton.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Despite the loss of Favre, don't underestimate a Packer team that was that close last season from a Super Bowl return.
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders
In a battle of former SEC quarterbacks, I'll take Jay Cutler over JaMarcus Russell, who is making only his second career start—his first on Monday Night Football.
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