NFL picks, predictions for Week 1: Chiefs deal with Texans; 49ers, Ravens upset by Cardinals, Browns

NFL picks and predictions are troublesome sufficient in Week 1 of a given season after we know so little about how offseason roster modifications will manifest on the sphere. Now we’re selecting NFL video games to open a season outlined by modifications amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Welcome to 2020.

Solely two of the 16 video games on the Week 1 NFL schedule will characteristic followers within the stands, because the Chiefs and Jaguars will enable a small share of their stadiums’ capacities to be stuffed. So the everyday home-field benefit hooked up to the chances for every sport will not be as a lot of an element.

Nonetheless, staff journey for away video games throughout the coronavirus pandemic is additional traumatic, so the groups scheduled to make prolonged journeys in Week 1 would be the first to take care of the NFL’s in depth well being and security protocols for groups on the highway.

Per custom, the Week 1 NFL schedule begins with the defending Tremendous Bowl champions — this 12 months the Chiefs — internet hosting the Thursday night time season-opener, and it ends with a “Monday Evening Soccer” doubleheader.

Listed below are our Week 1 NFL picks straight up, right through that pair of Monday night time video games.

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NFL picks, predictions for Week 1

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Houston Texans at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (-9 half)

Thursday, Eight:20 p.m. ET, NBC

This would possibly not be the get together the Chiefs hoped it could be with solely about 20 p.c of Arrowhead Stadium’s capability stuffed with Kansas Metropolis trustworthy. But it surely ought to nonetheless include the specified end result. The Chiefs misplaced nearly nothing from their Tremendous Bowl-winning roster, and whereas the Texans stay competive on the energy of Deshaun Watson’s brilliance, they nonetheless do not stack up. There is a cause we like Patrick Mahomes’ crew to repeat as champions.

Choose: Chiefs 30, Texans 17

Inexperienced Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-2 half)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Many had been bothered by how the Packers dealt with their roster within the offseason. However even with Jordan Love within the image, so long as Aaron Rodgers is taking part in quarterback, Inexperienced Bay’s offense shall be an issue for opposing groups. In fact, the Vikings are uniquely outfitted to present the Packers points, too. This one shall be as shut as the chances recommend.

Choose: Packers 27, Vikings 23

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

This may be much more enjoyable if Tua Tagovailoa had been beginning over Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Dolphins, however we’ll take what we are able to get with Cam Newton beginning for the Patriots of their first post-Tom Brady period sport. New England hasn’t had a lot time to combine the QB who was signed simply earlier than coaching camp, which might be a difficulty for anyone however Invoice Belichick and Josh McDaniels.

Choose: Patriots 24, Dolphins 13

Philadelphia Eagles (-6 half) at Washington Soccer Workforce

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Week 1 NFL schedule was finalized so way back that one in all these groups glided by a distinct identify when it was introduced. Washington has been lucky to have new coach Ron Rivera information the staff by a turbulent offseason, however he will not have the ability to steer his gamers to many wins in 2020. The slate begins with the NFC East rival that received the division final 12 months and has a stable likelihood to repeat.

Choose: Eagles 28, Washington 17

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Seattle Seahawks (-2) at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

It is a robust spot for the Seahawks, the staff we wish to win the NFC this season. It is a lengthy highway journey for an early kickoff, however a minimum of Seattle has the cushion of the offseason moderately than having to take care of such a problem in the midst of their schedule. The Falcons are a tricky staff to learn going into Week 1. We really feel extra assured about what we’ll get from Russell Wilson and Co.

Choose: Seahawks 30, Falcons 20

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-Eight half)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Bizarre, inexplicable upsets in Week 1 are comparatively frequent, particularly when division opponents collide to start a season. Which makes this a harmful sport for the Ravens, who talking of inexplicable upsets received blown out by the Browns as one in all their two regular-season losses final 12 months. Cleveland has new, offensive-minded coach Kevin Stefanski and hopes of contending within the AFC North (for actual this time). This sport is the proper alternative for the Browns to show themselves worthy of the optimism.

Choose: Browns 33, Ravens 28

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-Three)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Lions are getting a discipline objective at house, which principally makes this sport a toss-up. The Bears just lately introduced Mitchell Trubisky received the beginning quarterback job over Nick Foles, which in all probability issues little or no to their Week 1 opponent. Detroit is just centered on the return of its personal QB and what that can do for an offense that was making strides earlier than he received damage final season.

Choose: Lions 27, Bears 17

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New York Jets at Buffalo Payments (-6 half)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

After reaching the playoffs as a wild card final 12 months, the Payments seen what was taking place round them within the AFC East and did all the pieces they may to pad what was already a stable roster. They’re going to be adequate defensively to win their first division title for the reason that Clinton administration, they usually hope the addition of Stefon Diggs shall be sufficient to carry Josh Allen to a Professional Bowl stage. The Jets, in the meantime, should not but able to contend.

Choose: Payments 27, Jets 10

Indianapolis Colts (-7 half) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Philip Rivers now lives in Florida, not too removed from the place he’ll make his debut because the Colts’ new quarterback. Indianapolis signed the veteran hoping his savvy will assist get the staff again to the playoffs a 12 months after Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement. Whereas the Colts are in win-now mode, the Jaguars look like in … regardless of the reverse of win-now mode is. This unfold is huge for good causes. 

Choose: Colts 31, Jaguars 13

Las Vegas Raiders (-Three) at Carolina Panthers

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

We’ve completely no concept what to anticipate from the Panthers, a staff with a brand new teaching workers, a brand new quarterback and an overhauled protection that now not options Luke Kuechly. The Raiders cannot know what to anticipate, both, which is why a staff that flirted with the postseason final 12 months is barely favored over a staff that had no shot.

Choose: Raiders 27, Panthers 24

Los Angeles Chargers (-Three) at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, four:05 p.m. ET, CBS

The Chargers are beginning Tyrod Taylor over Justin Herbert at quarterback, so this won’t be a matchup that includes QBs who had been chosen within the prime six picks of the 2020 NFL Draft. If Joe Burrow comes out of the gate in addition to the Bengals count on, although, a Chargers loss to open the season towards final 12 months’s worst staff may push them to suppose extra about taking part in the rookie. The truth that Burrow now not has to take care of the injured Derwin James on this sport is notable.

Choose: Bengals 28, Chargers 21

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-Three half)

Sunday, four:25 p.m. ET, Fox

That is Sunday’s sport of the day, if not the sport of the week, because of Tom Brady’s transfer from New England to Tampa Bay in free company. The Buccaneers hype is actual, and for good cause. This staff flirted with the playoffs final 12 months on the energy of an underrated protection regardless of seemingly countless turnovers from former passer Jameis Winston. Brady will not make the identical errors, which provides Tampa Bay a respectable likelihood to steal the division from New Orleans.

Choose: Buccaneers 30, Saints 27

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-7)

Sunday, four:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Cardinals are enthusiastic about what the DeAndre Hopkins addition will imply for his or her offense round rising star quarterback Kyler Murray, and they need to count on to win many extra video games than they did final 12 months. Arizona in all probability will not be but on the extent of San Francisco and Seattle within the division. That may not matter in Week 1, although, when the 49ers are so skinny at large receiver.

Choose: Cardinals 28, 49ers 27

Dallas Cowboys (-Three) at Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, Eight:20 p.m. ET, NBC

This was presupposed to be the grand opening for the brand-new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, and it technically nonetheless is regardless that there shall be no followers in attendance. That crowd would have been cluttered with Cowboys followers, anyway, so the change may truly be advantageous for the Rams. Regardless, Dallas is the extra loaded staff.

Choose: Cowboys 23, Rams 20

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Pittsburgh Steelers (-5) at New York Giants

Monday, 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN

It is a difficult spot for the Steelers, on the highway to open the season in an odd “Monday Evening Soccer” window. However Pittsburgh is again in rivalry mode with Ben Roethlisberger returning to the lineup and such a stingy protection able to get the offensive help it deserves.

Choose: Steelers 26, Giants 14

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (-1 half)

Monday, 10:20 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Titans are in all probability this line and taking part in the disrespect card regardless that they’re opening the season on the highway in a bizarre time slot. We will not blame them, as a result of regardless that their run to final season’s AFC championship sport got here with a collection of upsets, they seem to be a legitimately stable staff and rather more confirmed than the Broncos. The disrespect card ought to work, a minimum of for Week 1.

Choose: Titans 24, Broncos 20

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