2010 NFL Week 1 Predictions: Here It Goes Again

Mike CraigCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings attempts to recover a fumble which was comitted by a teammate against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Here we are again, it's that time of the year. Power Rankings are to come after Week 1, but right now, it's time that I gives you a piece of my Prediction mind. I slacked off last year with my predictions but still ended up with a good prediction record.

Of course, there is nothing to prove that, so I am not going to count last year. Instead, I am going to start this year anew and show just exactly how much I know about football.

1. Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints (NFC Championship Rematch) - Favre and company will have to travel to New Orleans to start the 2010 season the same place where their 2009 season ended. Will Grandpa Favre walk away with both ankles intact this time, or does New Orleans get to go one game closer to becoming a repeat team?

2. The state of the Pittsburgh Steelers - With Dennis Dixon starting at quarterback for the first four games, the defense is going to have to pick it up and win these games for them. Ben Roethlisberger is a far better QB than most give him credit for. Anyone who can torch last year's Green Bay defense for 500+ yards is a good quarterback in my book. The true question here about the Steelers is, will their quarterback situation put them in a 0-4 hole, or will Dixon come out smelling like roses?

3. Rookies, rookies, and more rookies - With the 2010 season kicking off, it is always best that everyone be familiar with their rookies, after all, some of them may just surprise you and show you exactly how valuable they are. In example, Sam Bradford is going to be looked upon to be the St. Louis Rams' savior, where as someone such as Toby Gerhart isn't really going to be counted on. Look for the rookies all through out the season, some of them will surprise you, while others, well you'll wish your team had drafted the guy after him.

There are seven division games going on in Week 1. Do-or-Die time might already be starting for some teams as these games could very well have an impact on their playoff hopes.
1. Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills - The Bills look to improve their ground game with C.J. Spiller. As I stated earlier about rookies, you'll never know which one will surprise you next, however the Dolphins are looking to take themselves back to the promised land, and to do that, they'll have to win every divisional game they possibly can, and with the Patriots and Jets in the division, do these two teams really even have a chance?
2. Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans - The Colts have been a powerhouse in the AFC South for almost a decade. The Texans will be looking to spoil the hopes of the Indianapolis faithful by keeping them from winning their first division game. Don't be surprised to see the Texans walk away with a victory here.
3. Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears - This is another case where these two teams will most likely be fighting for the basement position of the NFC North. With Green Bay and Minnesota being the powerhouses they are, the chances of Chicago or Detroit coming out of this division with anything more than a 8-8 record are very slim. Look for Matthew Stafford to shine in this one and prove that a sophomore slump doesn't happen to everyone.
4. Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams - This game features two unproven quarterbacks. Sam Bradford, the rookie, and Derek Anderson, the one-hit wonder. All eyes will be on Arizona to see if they made the smart call by going with Anderson over Leinart, while every Rams fan will be hoping that Sam Bradford can get them out of the slump they've been in since the Warner days.
5. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks - The 49ers just may win the division this year. Arizona has to heal up from Kurt Warner retiring, and well lets face it, since the Seahawks lost to the Steelers in the Super Bowl, they haven't exactly been up to par lately. The Rams are in a rebuilding phase and with them, the season is unpredictable. Look for a 49ers victory here.
6. Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins - It was hard not to pick Donovan McNabb at quarterback as one of the top stories, but I can still talk about it here. Most of the NFL nation will be watching to see if McNabb and Shanahan can bring the Redskins back to Joe Gibbs form while all the folks in Dallas will hoping that they can win more than just one playoff game every ten years.
7. San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs - How this game got to be on Monday Night is beyond me. Will the Chiefs surprise people this year? That's a possible chance, but the Chargers will more than likely win this matchup. The only thing the Chiefs have over the Chargers is they've got a better running back in Thomas Jones.

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Week 1 Predictions:
Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Minnesota Vikings (0-0) @ New Orleans Saints (0-0) (8:30 EST.)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010
Cleveland Browns (0-0) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) (1 EST.)

Miami Dolphins (0-0) @ Buffalo Bills (0-0) (1 EST.)

Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) @ New England Patriots (0-0) (1 EST.)

Indianapolis Colts (0-0) @ Houston Texans (0-0) (1 EST.)

Denver Broncos (0-0) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) (1 EST.)

Atlanta Falcons (0-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) (1 EST.)

Oakland Raiders (0-0) @ Tennessee Titans (0-0) (1 EST.)

Carolina Panthers (0-0) @ New York Giants (0-0) (1 EST.)

Detroit Lions (0-0) @ Chicago Bears (0-0) (1 EST.)

Arizona Cardinals (0-0) @ St. Louis Rams (0-0) (4:15 EST.)

Green Bay Packers (0-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (0-0) (4:15 EST.)

San Francisco 49ers (0-0) @ Seattle Seahawks (0-0) (4:15 EST.)

Dallas Cowboys (0-0) @ Washington Redskins (0-0) (8:20 EST.)

Monday, September 13th, 2010
Baltimore Ravens (0-0) @ New York Jets (0-0) (7 EST.)

San Diego Chargers (0-0) @ Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) (10:15 EST.)