Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 1 of NFL games.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Can’t see picking the Jets at any point this year, let alone on the road, in the opener.
Pick: Bills 31, Jets 10
Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears
The Super Bowl hangover is real. So is the Bears talent deficiency.
Pick: Falcons 34-21
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
The Browns are 1-13 in their last 14 home openers. Never bet against the trend.
Pick: Steelers 27, Browns 17
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford may be able to out-spend Carson Palmer, but he can’t out-shoot him.
Pick: Cardinals 35, Lions 31
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
J.J. Watt is back, and so is Blake Bortles’ ineptness.
Pick: Texans 16, Jaguars 7
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Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans
This could be the most entertaining game of the weekend, especially if you live in Tennessee.
Pick: Titans 34, Raiders 33
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
The Redskins have won five straight against the Eagles. Make it six.
Pick: Eagles 24, Redskins 20
Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams
Cradle of Coaches legacy Sean McVay wins his debut against the Andrew Luck-less Colts.
Pick: Rams 20, Colts 10
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
(Matt Hasselbeck voice) The Packers will take the ball and they’re going to score. Repeatedly.
Pick: Packers 28, Seahawks 17
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers
Hmm, Cam Newton or Brian Hoyer?
Pick: Panthers 34, 49ers 14
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (Sunday night)
Riding the soon-to-disappear legs of Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas snaps a three-game skid against the Giants.
Pick: Cowboys 24, Giants 21
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (Monday night)
Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer has a history of limiting top-tier quarterbacks to pedestrian performances.
Pick: Vikings 27, Saints 20
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos (Monday night)
The latest branch from the Marvin Lewis coaching tree, Vance Joseph, makes a successful debut.
Pick: Broncos 23, Chargers 13
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati defense gets to a rusty Joe Flacco for multiple sacks to continue its dominance against him at PBS.
Pick: Bengals 20, Ravens 13