NFL Predictions: Who will win in Week 1?


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

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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

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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



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