A couple friends and I are going to get together this season and make our predictions for each game. We thought we'd post them publicly to endure the praise or ridicule based on our success or failure. We will each contribute a "one liner" assessment to support our pick so feel free to add your comments telling us where we went wrong or that we're right on or even to make your own picks. At the end of the season we'll tally our totals and see how we did against the "experts" from various other sites.
This week's games:
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (Thursday game)
Denver gets it revenge for the hail Flacco play
Without their top 2 sack leaders from 2012 and an injured Bailey, how will Denver stop the reigning SB MVP?
Denver has loaded up this off season while the Ravens have lost a lot of talent.
Eric: Kansas City
The Jags are a good "break in game" for the Chiefs new offense.
Nate: Kansas City
Nielsen ratings might be at an all time high for the game featuring the 2 worst teams from 2012. Chiefs win because they suck less.
Vince: Kansas City
KC has the potential to be great this year while the Jags just hope to win a game.
Eric: New England
New coach, new QB, same old Bills
Nate: New England
Pats have won 23 of the last 25 against the Bills. No reason to think the dominance will stop now.
Vince: New England
Buffalo has too many issues across the board probably won't get a pick all year
Cincy will be clicking on all cylinders this season and it starts in the windy city
The Bengals will be a team to watch out for in 2013, but will lose a close one to the improved Bears squad.
Jay Cutler is too inconsistent to beat a team that’s taking the league by storm
Cleveland takes advantage of the home filed and Norv
Both teams made major upgrades this off season. Cleveland's upgrades were just better.
Tannehill will really show a lot of his skill this year while Weeden is on the back side of his career already
Eric: Tampa Bay
The risk of "gang green" is lower than MRSA so the Bucs take care of business
Nate: Tampa Bay
Geno avoids Revis and makes a stronger debut than most think, but the Bucs edge out a win.
Vince: Tampa Bay
With a solid Defense and NYJ being all over the place, Freeman should have a good opener.
New Orleans new D isn't stout, Falcons offense is
Nate: New Orleans
Sean Payton has had nearly a year and a half to prepare for the 2013 opener.
With such a dynamic offense and the addition of Osi and Jackson look out for ATL
The Titans new line keeps it close but the Steelers are too much in week 1
Closer game than people would expect. Steeler’s home field gives them an edge and the win.
PIT is still a Super Bowl caliber team and TEN looks weak overall
Bush adds another element to the already powerful Lion offense
Detroit is finally ready to start playing to their potential. Win a close one against their division rival.
It's a tossup but I'd take Stafford and Megatron over Ponder and AP
It's Oakland…good warm up for Indy
One team is in complete rebuilding mode. The other team has Andrew Luck.
Its Oakland must I say more?
Cam faced a "slump" in year two, will Wilson? Not in this one.
Seattle will prove that 2012 was no fluke.
This will be the year everyone sees Cam Newton is only an average QB
Eric: St. Louis
An old Palmer can't pull the cards over the hump, yet.
Nate: St. Louis
Good battle in the dome. Rams might be the biggest surprise team of 2013.
Love Bradford and what the Rams have done but I think Palmer and Fitz are too much
Eric: San Francisco
SF has the defense to slow down Rogers; GB doesn't have the o-line to slow the Smiths
Nate: San Francisco
Aldon Smith vs. 4th round rookie Bakhtiari in Green Bay. Rodgers might be under pressure all game.
Vince: San Francisco
This game could really go either way but SF just has better pieces on the board
It's Dallas' year…to win in week 1 against the Giants (see 2012)
The Giants have won the last 4 meetings on the road against America's Team. Dallas finally puts an end to that.
The Giants look more sloppy this offseason than the Cowboys but with this game who cares
The battle for the NFC East cellar starts in week 1!
Philly's D was awful last year and is now transitioning to a 3-4. Going to be a field day for RG3.
Not an RGIII fan Cousins is a better player in my eyes.
Not sure what made this game appealing to ESPN, should have saved SD for December
The Chargers need to blow things up and rebuild. Houston will remind them immediately about the long season that awaits them.
Houston will most likely bully most of the people they play this year.